The largest concentration of naval power yet to take part in the Vietnam war is currently shelling the demilitarized zone from the Tonkin Gulf.
TV Naval guns firing (2 shots)
SV Shells on ship's decks.
SV Gun into position.
CU Sailor looks through binoculars.
SV Gun firing
SV Crew of USS Badger
SV Sailors looking toward land.
LV US Naval gunship (2 shots)
SV Signals of icer flashing signal (2 shots)
GV US Ship replying signal.
SV ZOOM from sailor with binoculars to ship (4 shots)
Initials VS/21.27 S/21.37
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Background: The largest concentration of naval power yet to take part in the Vietnam war is currently shelling the demilitarized zone from the Tonkin Gulf. Nine U.S. Navy vessels are pounding North Vietnamese ammunition dumps, supply points and troop concentrations in and just south of the demilitarized zone.
Three ships have been hit by artillery fire, but no one has been injured. Some of the firing from shore has been from U.S. artillery pieces left behind by South Vietnamese forces when they abandoned firebases south of the demilitarized zone, and taken by the Communists.