Even though personnel were assigned to the base at Nha Trang, the first EC-47 aircraft (tail number 44-77016) assigned to the detachment did not arrive until 17 October 1966. By 1969, there were 16 EC-47s based out of Nha Trang. Many of the airmen assigned to Det 1 were assigned to off-base housing and actually lived in Nha Trang City. The detachment operated there until it moved to Phu Cat AB, RVN on 9 September 1969.
Off duty hours, Detachment members enjoyed swimming or tanning at Nha Trang Beach, participating in base sport leagues or using the MACV recreational facilities on base, or shopping in Nha Trang City.
While at Nha Trang, the Detachment suffered several casualties. On 9 March 1967, TSGT Raymond F. Leftwich, A1C Charles D. Land and A1C Daniel C. Reese were killed when their EC-47 number 43-49201, call sign Tide 86, crashed due to unknown causes. This was the first EC-47 lost in the war. The Detachment suffered another casualty when TSGT Frederick T. Sebers was mortally wounded by a bomb on 7 September 1967 as he was having dinner at the local NCO club. He was evacuated to the US, where he eventually died as a result of his wounds on 8 November 1967.