• Short Summary

    President Ford worked to salvage United States military prestige yesterday (May 3) when--less than a week after the fall of Saigon he was present at the commissioning of the world's largest warship.

  • Description

    President Ford worked to salvage United States military prestige yesterday (May 3) when--less than a week after the fall of Saigon he was present at the commissioning of the world's largest warship.

    He described the ship -- the Nimitz, America's second nuclear powered aircraft carrier -- as visible evidence of U.S. commitment to friends and allies. Named after the Pacific commander-in-chief during World War Two, the Nimitz cost a staggering 690 million dollars (300 million sterling) to build.

    The new ship carries a crew of 6,000 and its two nuclear reactors are capable of powering it for 13 years without refuelling.

    During his speech at the commissioning, President Ford praised the role of existing U.S. aircraft carriers in helping the evacuation from South Vietnam:

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA5QWC7YB745VRUB6NTA6TJ1PRO
    Media URN:
    VLVA5QWC7YB745VRUB6NTA6TJ1PRO
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    04/05/1975
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:59:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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