Cuba: The Water War

Lambda 8: The American ships are the CG40438 and the CG95320, both with .30-cal. machine guns, the CG95312 and a destroyer.

Havana: How is the enemy treating you?

Lambda 8: All right.

Havana: Keep the flag high. Cuba is with you.

Back and forth the messages crackled, after U.S. coastguardmen boarded Lambda 8 and three other Cuban fishing boats lying H miles off the Dry Tortugas Islands, west of Key West. The boats were clearly violating the U.S. three-mile territorial limit. Ordinarily, it would be a trivial affair, worth merely a warning before sending the fishermen on their way. But it ballooned rapidly...

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