NAVY: Back-Door Bases

Last week, as the U.S. sped work on its Caribbean rampart, from Bermuda to British Guiana, the U.S. Navy was busy on further defenses to the Panama Canal. While the first U.S. draft of soldiers for the Lend-Lease base in Bermuda shoved off from Brooklyn, Rear Admiral Frank H. Sadler, commanding the Fifteenth (Canal Zone) Naval District, told newsmen of growing dumps of supplies and equipment at Balboa, the great naval base on the Pacific side of the Panama Canal.

Protected by great stretches of blue water, Balboa is the heart of naval defense of the Canal, will need far-flung...

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