AMERICAN NOTES: Trailing the Trailers

The U.S. Navy has long been annoyed by the fact that its aircraft carriers in the Mediterranean are being trailed by Soviet cruise missile ships, and with good reason. If war broke out, the Russian vessels could sink the carriers with surface-to-surface missiles before they could launch their aircraft. Admiral Elmo Zumwalt. Chief of Naval Operations, disclosed last week that he has assigned patrol gunships on a trial basis to trail the ships that trail his ships. The Asheville-class craft being tested have only 3-in. guns, which can scarcely harass the Soviet ships, and they ride so poorly that...

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