Cam Rhan Bay

Historically ( Wikipedia ) Cam Rhan Bay ( Vietnamese Vinh Cam Ranh ) has been significant from a military standpoint. The French used it as a naval base for their forces during Indochina. It was also used as a staging area for the 40 ship Imperial Russian Fleet under Admiral Zinovy Rozhestvensky prior to the battle of Tsushima in 1905, and by the Japanese Imperial Navy in the preparation for the invasion of Malaysia in 1942. In January of 1945 U.S. Naval Task Force 38 destroyed most Japanese facilities in an action called Operation Gratitude after which the bay was abandoned.

In 1964 United States Seventh Fleet reconnaissance aircraft, the seaplane tender Currituck ( AV-7) , and Mine Flotilla 1 units carried out hydrographic and beach surveys and explored sites for facilities ashore. This preparatory work proved fortuitous when a North Vietnamese trawler was discovered landing munitions and supplies at nearby Vung Ro Bay in Feburary 1965; the incident led the United States to develop Cam Ranh as a major base.

The United States Air Force operated a large cargo/airlift facility called Cam Ranh Air Base, which was also used as a tactical fighter base. It was one of the three aerial ports where the United States military personnel entered or departed South Vietnam for their tour of duty.

Cam Ranh is considered the finest deepwater shelter in South East Asia. Since 2011-2014, Vietnamese authorities have been hiring Russian consultants and purchased Russian technologies to re-open Cam Ranh Bay ( the former United States, South Vietnamese Air Force and later Soviet military base ) as a site of a new naval maintenance and logistic facility for foreign warships.

The monument at Cam Ranh Bay is in dedication to those Russian and Vietnamese Navy and Air Force personnel who had been killed in Vietnamese water or skies in support of Vietnam ( post 1979 )

Further along the coast after Cam Ranh and a bit of roughing it along route 1 it was back down on the coast then some very hilly climbing on new roads only constructed in the last two years making it unique for me as it was all new territory. Also uniqueness because of views of some of the most uninhabited coast line one could find anywhere.

200 kms directly East cycling towards Phan Rang lays the Spratly Islands still under current international court of law to settle the 14 island ownership in that part of the world.

Again, I couldn't escape the coastal industries appearing along the coast and those that have been around for centuries. Salt paddy fields being common but worth money for those who put a popular sea salt commodity on consumers tables on a global scale.

Chilli farming and vineyards for the wine industry along the coast where I am now. It's where the mountains almost meet the coast allowing growing to occur due the right temperatures and climate to develop Vietnamese wine for market place and large chillis that look delicious and sweet enough to eat, but we know that's not the case.

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