With tension mounting in the Formosa Straits the strength of Task Force 77, the section of the U.
With tension mounting in the Formosa Straits the strength of Task Force 77, the section of the U.S. 7th Fleet in the Formosa area, has been greatly increased in the last few days.
A sixth aircraft carrier, the Essex, with an escort of three destroyers, joined the Task Force from the Mediterranean.
Land, sea and air increases have included a battalion of Nike-Hercules anti-aircraft missiles capable of firing atomic warheads, with a range of 75 to 100 miles. Launching sites are being built in Formosa.
At least one squadron of F-104 Starfighter jets, believed to be the fastest manned jet fighters in use, and equipped with air-to-air guided missiles.
A large contingent of big transport aircraft.
Marine aircraft including Skyray and Fury jet fighters brought in from Japan.
The Task Force, filmed here aboard the carrier Midway, now has six carriers, two cruisers and a number of destroyers and support vessels.