The huge United States aircraft carrier "Enterprise" and nuclear-powered submarine "Tautog" arrived at the Indian Ocean seaport of Mombasa at the weekend for a four day visit to Kenya.
AERIAL VIEW Mombasa harbour, Kenya
GV U.S. aircraft carrier "Enterprise" at sea
SV Aircraft on flight deck of "Enterprise" (2 shots)
GV U.S. submarine Tautog emerging from water
SV Crew members of "Enterprise" approaching shore in launch
SV U.S. flag on launch
SV Crew leaving launch
SV Crew member looking at curios (2 shots)
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Background: The huge United States aircraft carrier "Enterprise" and nuclear-powered submarine "Tautog" arrived at the Indian Ocean seaport of Mombasa at the weekend for a four day visit to Kenya.
SYNOPSIS: The "Enterprise" sailed into Mombasa harbour on Sunday (20 February) on what was described by Rear Admiral Henry Glindeman as a routine visit, so that some of the 5,000 crew members could take shore leave. Admiral Glindeman is the commander of the U.S. navy's 'Task Force 77.'
At the time of her construction the "Enterprise" was the largest warship ever built and is rivalled in size only by the "Nimitz" class ships of the United States navy.
The giant aircraft carrier was the world's second nuclear-powered warship, and is still the longest warship in the world. The Enterprise has an immense fuel capacity and is able to stay at sea for about four years.
The United States nuclear-powered submarine Tautog was also visiting Mombasa at the same time. She is one of 37 "Sturgeon" class attack submarines, which comprises the largest U.S. navy group of unclear-powered ships built to the same design.
For crew members of the "Enterprise" and the "Tautog", Mombasa offered a welcome respite on dry land after weeks at sea.
But some observers have also seen the visit as a demonstration of strength -- a counterbalance perhaps to Soviet interests in Africa and the forthcoming visit of Soviet President Nikolai Podgorny to Zambia and other African states. The official Kenya news Agency has quoted Admiral Glindeman as saying that U.S. Task Force is in the Indian Ocean to help maintain peace.