• Short Summary

    With the reduction of the United States' military presence in Southeast Asia, many of the ships re-activated for service after a Korean war retirement are being returned to reserve status.

  • Description

    With the reduction of the United States' military presence in Southeast Asia, many of the ships re-activated for service after a Korean war retirement are being returned to reserve status.

    The fleet of mothballed ships in northern California is now returning to its pre-Vietnam War size -- there are nearly three hundred ships there now, and business is picking up steadily.

    SYNOPSIS: Evidence of the gradual deescalation of the United States' war effort in Vietnam is clearly shown by the steady growth of the National Reserve Fleet in northern California. Three hundred ships are in mothballs here, and more arrive every day.

    When the war effort in Southeast Asia was stepped up eight years ago, scores of cargo and ammunition ships were put back into service to supply the armed forces....and the Reserve Fleet dwindled to half its present size. Now the ships are being retired again....some of them for the fifth time.

    The ships are kept in a good state of repair....the process begins with paint chipping and the final cleaning process is washed with high-pressure hoses. When the job of cleaning is over, the ships are tightly sealed with all their equipment left inside. Hot dry air is continually pumped through the sealed ships, preventing possible rust and corrosion.

    A majority of the ships in the Navy's Reserve Fleet are Victory Ships....used during World War Two and the Korean War. All of these vessels were re-activated for the Vietnam War, and are only now returning to reserve status. If needed for another national emergency , a ship can be recommissioned within seven days.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA8NOX1NBA8HPG8JQRUDLBOXZQR
    Media URN:
    VLVA8NOX1NBA8HPG8JQRUDLBOXZQR
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    16/07/1971
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:26:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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