Ships of the world's first nuclear task force, which is training in the Mediterranean Sea, will embark on OPERATION SEA ORBIT, an around the world cruise scheduled to begin 31 July.
U.S.S. Long Beach and Bainbridge
Admirals at map
Missile ship, Long Beach
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LS Long Beach
Admiral Stream looking through binoculars
USS Long Beach and Bainbridge
Center section of ships
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Jet takes off Enterprise
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Background: Ships of the world's first nuclear task force, which is training in the Mediterranean Sea, will embark on OPERATION SEA ORBIT, an around the world cruise scheduled to begin 31 July. The cruise begins when the ships enter the Straits of Gibralter. The circumnavigation will be made in an easterly direction.
The ships making the trip will be the aircraft carrier U.S.S. Enterprise, the guided missile cruiser U.S.S. Long Beach and the frigate U.S.S. Bainbridge. The force is commanded by Rear Admiral Bernard M. Strean. All three vessels are nuclear powered.
The three ships have been operating together in the Mediterranean as part of the United State Sixth Fleet since 13 May. They are scheduled to return to their home part of the eastern coast of the United States early in October at the end of their cruise.