• Short Summary

    A UNITED STATES 7TH FLEET TASK FORCE, INCLUDING AN AIRCRAFT CARRIER AND 1,000 MARINES, HAS BEEN ORDERED TO THAILAND TO SUPPORT THE INDEPENDENCE OF THE SOUTH EAST ASIAN KINGDOM OF LAOS AGAINST COMMUNIST ATTACK.

  • Description

    A UNITED STATES 7TH FLEET TASK FORCE, INCLUDING AN AIRCRAFT CARRIER AND 1,000 MARINES, HAS BEEN ORDERED TO THAILAND TO SUPPORT THE INDEPENDENCE OF THE SOUTH EAST ASIAN KINGDOM OF LAOS AGAINST COMMUNIST ATTACK. THIS DECISION WAS TAKEN BY PRESIDENT KENNEDY MAY 13, IN VIEW OF THE DETERIORATING SITUATION THERE.

    THE 7TH FLEET, THE WORLD'S LARGEST AND THE MOST POWERFUL FLEET IN PEACETIME HISTORY, IS SHOWN HERE - SEPTEMBER 1958 - ON EXERCISES OFF THE COAST OF TAIWAN, CHINA. THE UNITS WILL JOIN THE 1,000 MAN BATTLE GROUP WHICH HAS BEEN TRAINING IN THAILAND FOR SOME WEEKS. THE THIRD MARINE DIVISION HAS ALSO BEEN ORDERED TO RETURN TO ITS OPERATING BASE ON OKINAWA FROM TRAINING AREAS IN JAPAN.

    ELSEWHERE IN THE PACIFIC, AND IN THE UNITED STATES, OTHER FORMATIONS ARE ON A STAND-BY BASIS. THE PRESENCE OF THE MARINES IN SIAM IS SEEN AS A SHOW OF STRENGTH TO DISCOURAGE COMMUNIST INVASION OF THAT COUNTRY AND TO BOOST MORALE. IT HAS BEEN REPORTED THAT NO DECISION HAS YET BEEN REACHED ON WHETHER SOME OF THE FORCE IS TO BE SENT INTO LAOS.

    EFFORTS ARE STILL BEING MADE TO REIMPOSE THE CEASEFIRE IN THE AREA. NEUTRALIST LEADER PRINCE SOUVANNA PHOUMA AND THE RIGHT-WING PREMIER, PRINCE BOUN OUM ARE STILL BEING URGED TO FORM A COALITION GOVERNMENT. PRINCE SOUVANNA HAS CALLED ON HIS HALF-BROTHER, PRINCE SOUPHANOUVONG, HEAD OF THE PATHET LAO, TO CALL BACK HIS TROOPS, BUT HE HAS REFUSED.

    LITTLE IS CLEAR OF THE SITUATION IN NORTHERN LAOS, EXCEPT THAT THE ROYAL FORCES APPEAR TO HAVE BROKEN, BUT THE INTENTION OF THE ADVANCING COMMUNIST-LED PATHET LAW IS NOT CLEAR.

    NO CALL HAS YET MADE TO THE COUNTRIES OF THE SOUTH EAST ASIA TREATY ORGANISATION, OF WHICH THAILAND IS A MEMBER, TO JOIN THE ACTION OF AMERICA. HOWEVER, SHOULD THERE BE ANY THREAT TO THE SECURITY OF THAILAND, THE S.E.A.T.O NATIONS, WOULD COME TO HER AID. FILM SHOWS THE AIRCRAFT CARRIER, "MELBOURNE", OF THE ROYAL AUSTRALIAN NAVY, TAKING PART IN A S.E.A.T.O. EXERCISE IN THE CHINA SEA, APRIL 12 - MAY 7. IT IS THIS FORCE THAT WOULD BE READY TO MOVE INTO THE THREATENED AREA SHOULD THE NEED ARISE.

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    Film ID:
    VLVAE3SHS9M2XEFT1PNXD3SR2QTY7
    Media URN:
    VLVAE3SHS9M2XEFT1PNXD3SR2QTY7
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    14/05/1962
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:06:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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