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  1. The largest single commitment by the Royal Australian Navy to Vietnam was the provision of a destroyer on a rotational basis to the United States Navy’s Seventh Fleet for service on what became known as the ‘gunline’. RAN warships provided naval gunfire support from March 1967 to September 1971.

  2. The Royal Australian Navy ( RAN) is the naval force of the Australian Defence Force (ADF). The professional head of the RAN is Chief of Navy (CN) [4] Vice Admiral Mark Hammond AM, RAN. CN is also jointly responsible to the Minister of Defence (MINDEF) and the Chief of Defence Force (CDF).

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  4. In total, around 50,000 Australians served during the Vietnam War, including 42,437 members of the Australian Army, 3,310 from the Royal Australian Navy (RAN), and 4,443 from the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF), with casualties including 519 killed and 2,348 wounded.

  5. For meritorious achievement while conducting defence and surveillance operations in the harbors of Vung Tau, Cam Ranh Bay, Qui Nhon, and Nha Trang, in the Republic of Vietnam during the period 19 February through 30 June 1967.

  6. The RAN Fleet Air Arm - Ashore in Vietnam. by. John Perryman. On 30 April 1975, a North Vietnamese, Soviet supplied, T-54 tank smashed through the gates of the presidential palace in South Vietnam’s capital, Saigon. This act symbolically brought 25 years of civil war and the existence of the Republic of Vietnam to an end. [1]

  7. The Royal Australian Navy became involved in the Vietnam War in May 1965. From then until 1972, the RAN rotated ships in and out of operating areas around the coast as the war on land raged. Early involvement primarily involved moving troops and supplies to Vung Tau, a task so closely associated with HMAS Sydney (II) that the ship became known ...

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