Jet fighter bombers from the United States aircraft carrier Midway have launches attacks on communist positions around the besieged South Vietnamese town of An Loc.
Jet fighter bombers from the United States aircraft carrier Midway have launches attacks on communist positions around the besieged South Vietnamese town of An Loc. The Midway is part of the American Seventh Fleet stationed in the China Sea and responsible for carrying out the mining and blockading of North Vietnamese waters. The 70 odd aircraft of the Midway, including up to date Phantom jet fighter-bombers, yesterday carried out domens of sorties against the communists around An Loc. However they don't appear to have greatly affected the communist strength. Today the North Vietnamese launched a heavy artillery and ground assault on the town. The town has been under attack for over a month. The Seventh Fleet buildup represents one of the biggest naval farces in history. The American vessels have ranged themselves along the entire Vietnamese coast and from the aircraft carriers launch attacks into South and North Vietnam. Now they Also have the role of carrying out President Nixon's plan of mining North Vietnamese ports and blockading the country. The Midway is one of the oldest numbers of the Seventh Fleet. She was built in 1945 and pressed into service along with five other carriers for the bombing attacks.