AT the height of the India-Pakistan war, Naval Task Force 74 of the U.S. Seventh Fleet, led by the attack carrier Enterprise, sailed into the Indian Ocean and the Bay of Bengal. The purpose of the mission was to evacuate Americans from East Bengal if necessary, but another reason was to impress the Indians and to counter any Soviet ships that might appear in the region. Last week, even as the ships began returning to their normal area of operations, the Pentagon announced that henceforth the U.S. Navy will be seen more often, and in greater strength, in the Indian Ocean.


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