Crazy History: A U.S. Fighter Jet Attacked a U.S. Navy Cruiser in Vietnam
The National Interest -

Robert Farley

Vietnam War, Asia

How did F-4s mistake U.S. ships for North Vietnamese targets?

Here's What You Need to Remember: Simple courtesy should demand that pilots tasked to missions over water should be trained to identify the difference between an American heavy cruiser and a North Vietnamese patrol boat (or helicopter for that matter). At the very least, pilots operating over water in the same area as friendly surface vessels should have had a sense of the danger implicit in launching...

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