Units of the U.S. Atlantic Fleet, based at Norfolk, Virginia, replenished supplies July 16th in?
Units of the U.S. Atlantic Fleet, based at Norfolk, Virginia, replenished supplies July 16th in readiness for an emergency departure if required to the U.S. Sixth Fleet now supporting the Lebanon landings.
According to U.S. sources, most of the Atlantic Fleet was already at sea when the U.S. Navy's alert was received.
An estimated 30 Atlantic Fleet destroyers are operating with the Sixth Fleet, others are with the U.S. Second Fleet forming part of an anti-submarine force on exercises in the East Atlantic.
According to the sources, only 20 of the 120 ships normally based at Norfolk are still in port.
The Fleet's destroyer force headquarters at Quonnet naval base, Rhode Island, reported the ships in port at Norfolk could put to sea in a matter of hours.