American and Cuban flags flew over Guantanamo U.S. Naval Base Jan 7 as Admirals and?
American and Cuban flags flew over Guantanamo U.S. Naval Base Jan 7 as Admirals and officials of the U.S. Navy arrived by air to attend a conference presided over by Rear Admiral Edward J. O'Donnel, commanding officer of the base.
Two days after the conference opened, the aircraft carrier "Franklin D. Roosevelt" and about 150 other vessels began annual Winter manoeuvres in and around the Base area - almost twice as many men and units as last year.
Immediately, Cuban propagandists claimed to have found a report that the island's oil refineries were to be bombarded. Following hard on the heels of Cuban allegations that America was planning to invade, this latest charge did nothing to slacken military preparations. Main roads into Havana are heavily guarded, and bridges and roads are wired so that they may be blown up in the event of an invasion.
Premier Castro's Jan 2 demands for a drastic reduction in U.S. Embassy staff in Havana brought immediate response from America. The following day she broke off diplomatic relations with Cuba, but reaffirmed her intention of retaining the Guantanamo Naval Base. Taken by America in 1898 in the Spanish war, the 45 miles square base has so far cost GBP27 million in installations and development.