International: Routine

The U.S. staged a May Day demonstration of its own. While Russia paraded its armed forces across the Red Square, the U.S.S. Leyte nosed into the Dardanelles, crossed the Sea of Marmara, anchored in the Bosphorus. Behind her trailed the cruiser Dayton, the destroyers Purdy and Bristol. The flagship Dayton fired a salute. Turkish shore batteries replied. The Turkish Government considered the U.S. visit purely routine. Said the U.S. Navy: it was simply paying a social call during a break in training exercises.

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