United States Secretary of Defense, Melvin R. Laird has been in Europe attending North Atlantic?
(a) Aerial view of USS FRANKLIN D. ROOSEVELT
(b) U. S. Navy helicopter landing on carrier deck
(c) Secretary of Defense Laird getting out of helicopter and walking on carrier deck
(d) Secretary Laird being welcomed by U. S. Marines on carrier
(e) Secretary Laird on carrier's bridge
(f) Aircraft being positioned for launch
(g) Secretary Laird watching aircraft launching operations
(h) Carrier's aircraft being launched
(i) Carrier aircraft saluting Secretary Laird with fly-by
(j) Aerial view of carrier, USS FRANKLIN D. ROOSEVELT
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Background: United States Secretary of Defense, Melvin R. Laird has been in Europe attending North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) meetings and visiting U. S. military units, servicemen and their families.
After attending two NATO meetings, the Secretary of Defense visited the U. S. Sixth Fleet in the Mediterranean Sea.
Secretary Laird travelled by helicopter from Ciampino Airport, Italy, to the flagship of the Sixth Fleet, the USS LITTLE ROCK, where he toured the cruiser and received a briefing on Sixth Fleet operations. From the flagship. Mr. Laird was again transported by Navy helicopter to the aircraft carrier, USS FRANKLIN D. ROOSEVELT.
Aboard the huge ship, Mr. Laird met some of the crewmen and was welcomed by representatives of the U. S. Marine Corps contingent stationed on the carrier.
After the formalities were completed, Secretary Laird journeyed to the ship's bridge where he observed aircraft launching operations.
The U. S. Navy aircraft saluted the Defense Secretary with a fly-by over the USS ROOSEVELT.
After the brief visit aboard ship, the Secretary flew back to Rome.
Secretary laird is scheduled to return to the United States on June 26, 1970.