posted on Mar, 20 2008 @ 01:25 AM
North Vietnamese (DVR) In Gulf of Tonkin
31 July - 8th August 1964
Naval analysis of DVR Surface Radar Tracking code has located:
Three possibly four Coastal Observation Posts (COP'S) possessing
radar tracking and reporting capabilities.
Analysis of this tracking code located radar sites in the vicinities of :
Long V island
Cape Saint Anne
And one such COP had been identified at Bach Long Vi Island.
A COP was possibly located on Hon Matt Island but its observations were usually limited
to less than 25 nautical miles so it is speculated that it could have been derived from visual rather than radar surveillance.
The Maddox was first observed being tracked from Vin Son 13 nautical miles east north east
on July 31st.
Moving North east it was tracked by Cape saint Anne on the First of August
at about 32 nautical miles south east.
Hon Matt reported the Maddox 5 nautical miles northeast of the island.
The last reported observation was 11 nautical miles to the north.
My Duc began tracking August second and continuously during the first attack on the Maddox .
Although the COP's normally reported to Naval Headquarters at Haiphong, Ben Thuy or Van Hoa,
My Duc reported its findings to Patrol Vessell T146 during second of August to keep a close watch on the location of the Maddox as it was attacked
After the attack, the Maddox retired in a southeasterly course being tracked by both Cape saint Anne and by Vin Son which was the last tracking on
By the 3-4 of August the tracking of the Maddox was now joined by the USS C, Turner Joy were negligible.
tracking on August 5-8th were almost totally absent although Maddox was close to three surface radar stations.
The attack of August fourth, was not presaged by any significant radar tracking,
it was however shadowed by vessel T142 before the attack.
The findings in this report realize that if a vessel is considered hostile it is actively tracked if punitive damage is intended. On the other hand if
a vessel is not tracked then it is possible it is not then targeted, such as the case with the USS Craig. The USS Maddox was under constant
survelliance until its first attack on August 2nd.
The main finding which from this report is not completely conclusive due to the lack of knowledge of tracking on August 5-8th, finds that heavy radar
surveillance on hostile vessels as well as the
transmission of radar tracking reports, indicate strongly that hostile actions are imminent.
[edit on 20-3-2008 by antar]