DEFENSE: The Steel-Grey Stabilizer

The gleaming weapon that makes the new Eisenhower Middle East policy more than words is the U.S. Navy's Sixth Fleet. This is the big stick that the U.S. carries in that troubled area while the President talks softly; it is the Middle East's steel-grey stabilizer, a powerful force of aircraft carriers and atom-armed planes, missile ships, cruisers, destroyers and a Marine amphibious unit that unobtrusively patrols—and controls—that ancient and vital waterway, the Mediterranean Sea.

Day and night the Sixth Fleet is kept in a state of "instant readiness" to handle its many...

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