Defense Attache Saigon: RVNAF Final Assessment, 1 January thru 25 April FY 75

TABLE OF CONTENTS


INDEX OF ABBREVIATIONS AND ACRONYMS
vii-xxiii

CHAPTER 1 - THREAT ASSESSMENT
1.Introduction
1-1
2.North Vietnam
1-4
3.South Vietnam
1-7

CHAPTER 2 - FRIENDLY SITUATION
1.General
2-1
2.Military Region 1
2-1
3.Military Region 2
2-2
4.Military Region 3
2-4
5.Military Region 4
2-5

CHAPTER 3 - RVNAF INTELLIGENCE CAPABILITIES
1.RVNAF Joint General Staff (JGS), J2
3-1
2.Unit 306
3-1
3.Capital Military District (CMD)
3-3
4.Corps and Division G2's
3-4
5.Military Security Service (MSS)
3-5
6.Unit 101
3-6
7.Vietnamese Navy Intelligence
3-6
8.Vietnamese Air Force (VNAF)
3-8
9.Signal Intelligence (SIGINT)
3-9
10.Summary
3-9

CHAPTER 4 - RVNAF FORCE STRUCTURE
1.General
4-1
2.Force Structure Changes
4-1
3.Planned Future Force Structure Changes
4-2
4.Changes During Late March and April
4-3

CHAPTER 5 - VIETNAMESE ARMY (ARVN)
1.Authorized and Assigned Strength
5-1
2.Areas of Operation (AO)
5-1
3.Combat Arms
5-2
4.Supply/Logistics
5-24
5.Maintenance
5-28
6.Reconstitution of ARVN Forces
5-33
7.Petroleum Oil and Lubricants (POL)
5-51
8.Port Operations
5-51
9.RVNAF Facilities Engineering Self-Sufficiency Program
5-52
10.ARVN Lines of Communication (LOC) Program
5-53
11.Special Category Army with Air Force (SCARWAF)
5-54
12.Retrograde Program
5-54
13.ARVN Agriculture and Animal Husbandry Program
5-54
14.Procurement
5-54

CHAPTER 6 - VIETNAMESE AIR FORCE (VNAF)
1.Introduction
6-1
2.Authorized Strength and Assigned Personnel
6-1
3.VNAF Force Deployment
6-1
4.VNAF Aircraft Inventory
6-9
5.Major Equipment Status
6-10
6.Operations
6-20
7.Logistics
6-21
8.Contracts
6-27
9.Civil Engineering
6-28
10.Summary
6-30

CHAPTER 7 - VIETNAMESE NAVY (VNN)
1.Logistics
7-1
2.Operations
7-2

CHAPTER 8 - VIETNAMESE MARINE CORPS (VNMC)
1.General
8-1
2.The Marine Withdrawal
8-1
3.Supplies and Equipment Lost and Destroyed
8-2
4.Action to Restore Combat Effectiveness
8-3
5.Evacuation
8-3

CHAPTER 9 - TERRITORIAL FORCES (TF)
1.Territorial Forces
9-1
2.Regional Forces (RF)
9-1
3.Popular Forces (PF)
9-10

CHAPTER 10 - RVNAF COMMUNICATIONS - ELECTRONICS CAPABILITY
1.Single Integrated Military (Telecommunications) Systems (SIMS)
10-1
2.Communications-Electronics (C-E) Self-Sufficiency
10-1
3.RVNAF JGS/J6 Reorganization
10-1
4.Selected C-E Evaluations
10-2
5.Logistics
10-5
6.Conclusion
10-12

CHAPTER 11 - REPUBLIC OF VIETNAM ARMED FORCES TRAINING
1.Offshore Training
11-1
2.In-Country Training
11-4
3.In-Country English Language Training Program (ELTP)
11-11
4.Contract Training
11-11
5.Final Assessment of the RVNAF Training System
11-13

CHAPTER 12 - RVNAF PROGRAMS, PLANS AND MORALE
1.Introduction
12-1
2.Statistics
12-1
3.Lines of Communications
12-2
4.Military Construction (MILCON)
12-2
5.RVNAF 1975 Retirement Plan
12-2
6.RVNAF Morale
12-2
7.RVNAF Medical Evacuation (MEDEVAC)
12-2
8.Chieu Hoi Program
12-2
9.Terrorism
12-2
10.Refugee Program
12-2
11.Conclusion
12-2

CHAPTER 13 - JGS COMMAND AND CONTROL
1.Command and Control
13-1
2.Central Logistic Command
13-1
3.RVNAF Logistic Channels
13-2
4.JGS J6 and Telecommunications Command
13-2

CHAPTER 14 - DISTINGUISHED VISITORS
1.January 1975
14-1
2.February 1975
14-5
3.March 1975
14-9
4.April 1975
14-11

CHAPTER 15 - EVACUATION OF MILITARY REGIONS 1 and 2
1.General
15-1
2.Evacuation of Military Region 1
15-1
3.Evacuation of Military Region 2
15-2
4.Personal Observations on Evacuation of MR's 1 and 2
15-3

CHAPTER 16 - EVACUATION OF SAIGON

SECTION A - INTRODUCTION
1.General
16-A-1
2.Chronology
16-A-1

SECTION B - OBSERVATIONS OF THE DEFENSE ATTACHE
16-B-1

SECTION C - OBSERVATIONS OF THE SERVICE ATTACHES
16-C-1
1.Excerpts from the Report of Colonel Charles G. F. Wahle, US Army, Assistant Defense Attache/Army Attaché
16-C-1
2.Excerpts from the Report of Colonel Garvin McCurdy, US Air Force, Air Attaché ,
16-C-8
3.Excerpts from the Report of Captain Cornelius J. Carmody, Jr., US Navy, American Legation US Naval Attaché
16-C-17

SECTION D - SPECIAL PLANNING GROUP ACTIVITIES
16-D-1
1.General
16-D-1
2.DAO Complex Preparation, "Project ALAMO"
16-D-2
3.Security Program, DAO Compound and Annex
16-D-11
4.Air Extraction from Metropolitan Saigon
16-D-12
5.Surface Extraction from Metropolitan Saigon
16-D-25

SECTION E - CONTROL, COORDINATION, COMMUNICATIONS AND EXECUTION OF SEALIFT AND AIRLIFT OPERATIONS
16-E-1
1.The Evacuation Control Center (ECC)
16-E-1
2.Communications
16-E-4
3.Sealift Operations
16-E-8
4.Fixed Wing Airlift Operations
16-E-10

SECTION F - PERSONNEL PROCESSING
16-F-1
1.Processing of Evacuees from the Northern Provinces
16-F-1
2.Processing of Saigon Evacuees
16-F-1
3.Operation of the DAD Annex Evacuation Processing Center
16-F-3

SECTION G - MOVEMENT OF SENSITIVE VIETNAMESE NATIONALS
16-G-1
1.General
16-G-1
2.Special Missions
16-G-2
3.Lessons Learned (Page Missing)
16-G-3
4.Excerpts from the Report of Colonel A. P. Hodges, US Army, Chief, Operations and Training Branch, Operations and Plans Division, DAO
16-G-4

SECTION H - OPERATION TALON VISE/FREQUENT WIND
16-H-1
1.Excerpts from the Report of Lieutenant Colonel Thomas G. Tobin, US Air Force, Chief, Plans Section, Operations and Plans Division, DAO
16-H-1
2.Text of CTG 79.1 Message 021510Z May 75
16-H-2
3.One Final Look
16-H-17

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