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Beach Off-load Operation
The main function of the beach area as indicated on the previous page was off load of cargo and equipment destined for the base, and a receiving and redistribution point for jet fuel.  During Phan Rang Air Base's first year this was an extremely busy operation with the Army and a civilian transportation facility contractor operating around the clock off-loading small utility water craft, barges, and ocean going vessels.  At any given moment there would be several barges and LST vessels on the beach off-loading for example everything from bags of cement for the new runway and base construction, general cargo and equipment of all type, food stuffs, munitions, and soft drinks and beer.  Extremely bulk or heavy items not appropriate for over land trucking were off-loaded at the beach and then shuttled to the base.  









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