Yet another supply convoy has reached the Khmer capital of Phnom Penh after running the gauntlet of rebel attacks on its way up the river Mekong.
Ship towing by tug (3 shots)
Soldiers boarding ship
Damage on the ship (4 shots)
Ship along wharf
Oil pipes (2 shots)
Oil trucks alongside riverbank
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Background: Yet another supply convoy has reached the Khmer capital of Phnom Penh after running the gauntlet of rebel attacks on its way up the river Mekong. Two cargo ships and three tankers managed to get through with badly-needed fuel; a fourth tanker was damaged and forced to put back to South Vietnam. One of the cargo ships was hit nine times by rocket fire. Machine gun bullets also smashed cabin windows. The ship's captain, a Filipino, reported that passage up-river was getting steadily worse. Only continuous American air cover enabled the convoy to get through. Fuel was immediately pumped ashore to waiting petrol lorries.
Supplies for vehicles in Phnom Penh have recently improved but fuel reserves in the capital remain low.