February 09, 1972 : USS Constellation arrives off coast of Vietnam.

Introduction

The aircraft carrier USS Constellation joins aircraft carriers Coral Sea and Hancock off the coast of Vietnam. From 1964 to 1975, there were usually three U.S. carriers stationed in the water near Vietnam at any given time. Carrier aircraft participated in the bombing of North Vietnam and also provided close air support for U.S. and South Vietnamese forces in South Vietnam. In 1972, the number of U.S. carriers off Vietnam increased to seven as part of the U.S. reaction to the North Vietnamese Eastertide Offensive that was launched on March 30–carrier aircraft played a major role in the air operations that helped the South Vietnamese defeat the communist invasion.

Article Details:

February 09, 1972 : USS Constellation arrives off coast of Vietnam.

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    2009

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    February 09, 1972 : USS Constellation arrives off coast of Vietnam.

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  • Access Date

    November 21, 2017

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