China Vs Vietnam naval battle

A small naval battle clashed between Chinese navy and Vietnamese navy for the control of Chi Gua Reef in South China Sea in 1988-03-14. One Landing ship and two armed vessels from Vietnam and three frigates from China engaged.

By 08:47 AM, Vietnamese started to shoot at the Chinese soldiers who were trying to seizure the Vietnamese flag on the reef. Then Chinese frigates shot back with 100mm and 37mm cannons. Anti-ship missiles were not used. Two Vietnamese ships sunk, one took the ground, about 400 Vietnamese got killed, 9 captured. One Chinese marine injured.