Six Soviet warships, photographed from a U.S. reconnaissance plane on Monday (May 11), have ended?
Six Soviet warships, photographed from a U.S. reconnaissance plane on Monday (May 11), have ended their journey at the south Cuban port of Cien Fuegos. The visit took place as Cuban Prime Minister Fidel Castro wrestled with a Caribbean dispute involving Britain and United States. This was only the second Soviet naval unit to penetrate the Caribbean.
The Soviet demonstration of solidarity followed Dr Castro's accusations yesterday (May 13) that the U.S. is involved with counter-revolutionary Cuban exiles based in Miami. The exiles' gun-boats last week sank two Cuban fishing vessels and captured their II crew-members.
Dr. Castro said that President Nixon has ordered the Pentagon to launch a recruiting drive and supply equipment for counter-revolutionary landings.
He also warned Britain that the exiles were using some of the 4000 islands in the British Bahamas north of Cuba to train guerrillas and launch attempted landings.
The six-vessel Soviet flotilla, including two submarines a guided missile destroyer and a rocket-launching destroyer, was kept under surveillance as it sailed into the Caribbean by U.S. ships and aircraft. The ships were photographed about sixty miles south of Jamaica.