U.S. Naval Support Activity Qui Nhon (1965-1971)


Located on the central coast of South Vietnam, Qui Nhon provided an operating base and logistic center for the Navy’s Coastal Surveillance Force during the Vietnam War. With easy access to coastal waters and the shipping lanes of the South China Sea, the port was well placed to support the Market Time anti-infiltration operation.

Beginning in the second half of 1965, fast patrol craft (PCF) units deployed to Qui Nhon to initiate the patrol. Subsequently, naval leaders established there a coastal command center to coordinate the efforts of U.S. and South Vietnamese elements and American patrol Aircraft. On several occasions other naval units sortied from the base, such as the inland foray by river patrol boats (PBR) in April 1968.