Royal Australian Navy (RAN)
The Royal Australian Navy (RAN) performed many important roles during the Vietnam War.
Australian naval vessels ferried troops to and from the logistics base at Vung Tau and served on the 'gunline' where they provided naval gunfire against ground targets in support of Australian and United States (US) troops. RAN clearance divers carried out operations to dispose of unexploded ordnance and keep shipping safe from enemy mines and attacks by enemy frogmen.
Naval personnel also served in an airborne role. The RAN Helicopter Flight Vietnam (RANFV), attached to the US Army 135th Assault Helicopter Company, flew combat operations. A detachment of naval aviators also served with No. 9 Squadron RAAF.
Find out about:
- Transport duties and the Vung Tau ferry
- Naval gunfire support for ground forces
- Clearance Diving teams
- Helicopter Flight Vietnam contingents
- No 9 Squadron detachment pilots