USS Newport News CA-148 Naval Research - CONGA Combat Naval Gunfire Support File
"Thunder" USS Newport News CA-148 off North Vietnam October 1967 / image adapted from photo by John Glass  
 
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USS Newport News CA-148 off North Vietnam
( image from photo by John Glass October 1967 )

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Combat Naval Gunfire Support File (CONGA) 3/1966 - 1/1973
Charts with plotted CONGA Data

The Combat Naval Gunfire Support File (CONGA), 3/1966 - 1/1973 contains a record for every naval gun fire mission during that period of the Vietnam War.  Each record contains the date, time, target coordinates, rounds expended, etc.

Thanks to shipmate Bob Chase,  who scrubbed the raw .csv file into a much more readable .xls spreadsheet and plotted USS Newport News CA-148 targets on MGRS charts from the period.





Index of Individual Missions with Chart Links
(as Spreadsheets with CONGA Data for Individual Missions)

Visual Index to Charts with Plotted CONGA Data

Individual Charts with Plotted CONGA Data :

NF4816 Hai Phong

NE4803A Thanh Hoa Upper

NE4803B Thanh Hoa Lower

NE4812A Dong Hoi Upper

NE4812B Dong Hoi Lower

NE4816A Hue

ND4901 Da Nang

Note:  Revised charts for the DMZ area may be available later.  The current charts plot targets by their MGRS coordinates but CONGA data for the second (1968-69) and third (1972) deployments does not contain MGRS references for naval gunfire support missions in the DMZ area;  targets are located only by province names.  Those uncharted missions are a significant fraction of Thunder's action:  more than 400 missions comprising the entire second deployment,  more than 600 missions comprising more than 80 percent of the third deployment,  and overall amounting to almost 40 percent of all missions in the three deployments.  Bob Chase is exploring alternative charting techniques to represent those missions.

Summary of Mission Totals



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