Cam Ranh Bay

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Cam Ranh Bay

(käm rän), inlet of the South China Sea, 10 mi (16 km) long and 20 mi (32 km) wide, S Vietnam. It is an excellent harbor linked to the sea by a strait (1 mi/1.6 km wide), and there is a Vietnamese naval base there. The bay was the site of one of the largest U.S. military facilities (est. 1965) in South Vietnam during the Vietnam War and was seized by Communist forces in 1975. The USSR (subsequently Russia) established a naval base there in the early 1980s, leaving in 2002.
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Following the accession of Mikhail Gorbachev as General Secretary of the Soviet Communist Party in March 1985, Cam Ranh Bay naval base became less of a strategic asset to the USSR and more of an impediment to improving relations with its neighbours.
The Vietnamese government offers the Cam Ranh Bay naval base to welcome Uncle Sam again, if he ever wants to come back.
ships and planes in the South China Sea looking for the one Soviet submarine then on patrol there--and it was an obsolescent one at that; this was before the big Soviet naval build-up of the Cam Ranh Bay naval base in Vietnam--it would still go unlocated for weeks on end.