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Rear Admiral Lâm Ngươn Tánh (18 October 1928, Sadec, Cochinchina – 11 February 2018) was the last Chief of Naval Operations of the Republic of Vietnam Navy during the Vietnam War.

Lâm Ngươn Tánh
BornOctober 18, 1928
Sadec, Cochinchina
DiedFebruary 11, 2018
Military career
Allegiance
Service/branch
RankB VNN-OF-7.svg Rear Admiral (Đề Đốc)
Battles/warsBattle of Hoàng Sa
AwardsNational Order of Vietnam

BiographyEdit

In 1974, he took part in the Battle of Hoang Sa between China and South Vietnam.[1]

Lâm Ngươn Tánh gained asylum in the United States after the Fall of Saigon in April 1975 and worked as a naval architect at the Naval Surface Warfare Center, Dahlgren, Virginia. A devout Anti-Communist, he continued to work with Vietnamese exile groups.

Highlights of naval careerEdit

Activities in exileEdit

In April 1975, Rear Admiral Lam and his wife left Vietnam after the fall of Saigon. They eventually settled in King George, Virginia. Rear Admiral Lam served the U.S. Defense Department (Department of Navy) for more than 20 years as a naval architect at the Naval Surface Warfare Center in Dahlgren, Virginia.

From 1981-1985, he was Secretary General of the Republic of Vietnam Veterans Association. From 1989-1991, he founded the Vietnamese Navy General Association and was the first-term Chairman. Since 1997, he has served as the Minister for Foreign Affairs of an exiled anti-communist organization The Government of Free Vietnam. In 2000, he became the Deputy Prime Minister in charge of National Defense. In August 1997, he founded the Free Vietnam Coalition Party and serves on the Member Central Leadership Council. He is the founder of Vietnamese Navy General Association and First Term Chairman.[2] In 2005, he was elected as Prime Minister of The Government of Free Vietnam.

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