• Short Summary

    Throughout the ill-fated Cuban invasions - and the uncertainty immediately following - the United States naval base on the island at Guantanamo, has been constantly on the alert.

  • Description

    Throughout the ill-fated Cuban invasions - and the uncertainty immediately following - the United States naval base on the island at Guantanamo, has been constantly on the alert. Jet attack and fighter planes stood ready; and sailors and marines patrolled all the vital installations.

    Outside the 17-mile fence that separates the base from Cuban territory, an increasing number of Cuban patrols were on guard. The Commander of the base, Rear-Admiral Edward O'Donnel, said the US (under her treaty for the base with Cuba) enjoyed "de factor sovereignty" over this installation; and therefore felt free to ignore the Castro Government's order forbidding foreign planes in Cuban territory.

    He said he had no knowledge of a US aircraft-carrier in the area, as charged by Cuba. However, the carrier "Randolph" had left Norfolk, Virginia, USA, after overhaul and would arrive for routine training on April 22. Meanwhile, strict security precautions are being taken at the big Guantanamo base - all passes are checked, cars scrutinised and gates manned. Cuban workers are still allowed to work at the base.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVADLQE4M2IYJSB358UAGAUT7MYJ
    Media URN:
    VLVADLQE4M2IYJSB358UAGAUT7MYJ
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    23/04/1961
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:00:45:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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