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Operation End Sweep

On 27 January 1973, American and North Vietnamese officials signed a protocol to the Paris agreement that called for the United States to neutralize the mines that the Navy had dropped in North Vietnam's coastal and inland waterways.

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Comment by Alton Ray Adams on December 31, 2013 at 3:34pm

It's been a while since I checked in on this site and Jeff you are right. TF 78 has been treated like the redheaded step child. I've been trying to get an answer why we were not awarded anything while in hostile waters. I've written to the Navy Personnel Center with no response. If we all contact our bozos in Washington maybe something can be done.

Comment by James H. Flore on June 21, 2013 at 9:48am

In 1972, I was an RM2 on RADM McCauley's staff in Charleston SC.  The Admiral approached me and told me he wanted me to accompany him on a Top Secret mission.  Of his staff of 200, he selected 5 officers and myself and we flew out in the middle of the night in the CNO's A3 converted jet.  We eventually made it to Pearl Harbor and then on to Cubi Point aboard an Air Force C5A loaded with mine sweeping gear.  This was the beginning of the plan to create Operation End Sweep.  I stayed with the group for nine months,  several of which were spent aboard the USS New Orleans.  During that period, we swept the inland coastal waterways and Haiphong Harbor while the Admiral negotiated terms of the Peace Treaty.   It was an exciting time and one I'll never forget!

Comment by Christopher A. Kunik on June 18, 2013 at 4:18pm

I was a BT on the USS Worden DLG 18 in Feb. 1973. During that month we served as the flagship for Radm. McCauley. I remember the North Vietnamese officials came aboard to negotiate the mine clearing ops.

Comment by James J. madigan on April 26, 2013 at 7:50pm

I was on LPH-11 for the sweep detail.I was a Radarman and then we were called OS, Operations Specialist.I remember staring at the  NV gunboats as they circled us.We spent i believe 55 days up there and a friend of mine even went overboard to break the boredom.His Name was Tooker.I'm Jim Madigan

Comment by Skip Neel on April 26, 2013 at 6:39pm

I was in V-1 Div, FLT DK LPO Onboard the USS New Orleans LPH 11. and was sent TAD to USS Ogden LPD 5 when their Air Dept refused to go to work. Myself and 4 Men from the Orleans went over to help the Ogden during Flight Ops.

Comment by Mark Chambers on April 26, 2013 at 5:36pm

I enjoyed my time on the New Orleans.  It was well-run and organized and ship's company was always friendly and helpful.  And the food was MUCH better than later on the Tripoli.

Comment by Mark Chambers on July 5, 2009 at 6:55pm
RADM Brian McCauley was Commander, Task Force 78. Embarked on USS New Orleans and, later, USS Tripoli, the task force cleared mines (laid by aircraft from the USS Coral Sea in November and December 1972) in Haiphong Harbor, Vinh coastal area and inland waterways. I was part of TF 78 staff with COMOMCOM under Capt. Felix Vecchione. Anybody remember the old Mofo??? (ha)
 

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