Condition I-A on the boat deck. Off the mouth of South Vietnam’s Tra Bong River at 0640 on 23 April 1965, the high speed transport Cook (APD-130) began lowering three of her 36-foot landing craft. At 0718, the trio—a steel-hulled LCP(R) Mk. 4; a plywood-hulled LCPL Mk. 1; and a steel-hulled LCP(L) Mk. 4—headed shoreward for “beach and hinterland reconnaissance.” On two previous days in the Baie de Dung Quat area, sniping had vexed the Cook’s reconnoitering work, but the enemy had proved elusive.
Historic Fleets - A Cook With Plenty To Do
By Robert J. Cressman