A Soviet flotilla of five warship was spotted in the Atlantic on October 22 by U.
A Soviet flotilla of five warship was spotted in the Atlantic on October 22 by U.S. observer aircraft. The Soviet vessels were on their way to Cuba, although this was unknown to the Western World at the time. Mr. Kosygin was then on his visit to Canada.
This official film from the United States Department of Defence shows the ships travelling southwesterly, some 300 miles north of Bermuda.
Mr. Kosygin, the Soviet Prime Minister, left Havana, bound for Moscow by air, only a few hours before the scheduled arrival time of the flotilla on Sunday (October 31.)
He spent four days in Cuba, closely accompanied by Dr. Fidel Castro, after his eight-day visit to Canada.
SYNOPSIS: During Soviet Prime Minister Alexei Kosygin's recent -visit to Canada, a Soviet flotilla of five warships was spotted from the air by U.S. observer aircraft in the Atlantic. The flotilla was on its way to Cuba, where Mr. Kosygin had gone after his Canadian visit. It included two surface war-ships, one of them this kashin-class Guided Missile destroyer, two submarines and a tanker.
This larger vessel was identified as a Kresta-class cruiser.
Also in the group were two conventional, non-missle submarines of the Foxtrot class, and the tanker Konsomol. The ships were filmed while travelling southwesterly, in an area some 300 miles north of Bermuda. Mr. Kosygin left Havana, bound for Moscow by air, only a few hours before the Soviet flotilla was scheduled to visit Havana. It was due to arrive in the Cuban capital on sunday for a ten-day visit.