The U.S. aircraft carrier, "Forrestal", flagship of the U.S. Carrier Division Four, took on NATO?
The U.S. aircraft carrier, "Forrestal", flagship of the U.S. Carrier Division Four, took on NATO and Greek Defence chiefs at Phaleron Bay, near Athens, Greece, April 5, for a first-hand inspection of the ship carrying out manoeuvres during mock nuclear bombing attacks in the Aegean next day, April 6.
"Enemy" aircraft attacked the 78,000-ton carrier some 50 miles south of the Dardsnelles, with dummy atomic bombs and rockets.
The carrier struck back - launching its supersonic fighters to force off the attack planes.
"Forestall" - and its sister ship "Saratoga" - which caught fire off Crete in January - are the backbone of NATO naval force in the Mediterranean. Its strength lies in aircraft capable of going out 1,000 miles from the carriers to cover an area of some 3 1/2M square miles.