Nation: Confrontation at Camel Station

Two superpowers prowl the Indian Ocean "We have the preponderance of power. If it were to start tomorrow, it would be over in a day." So concluded a senior Pentagon official last week, referring to a potential U.S.-Soviet naval clash in the now strategically critical Indian Ocean, where mighty armadas of the two superpowers warily stalk each other. So far, U.S. Navy Task Force 70 clearly rules the Indian Ocean's waves. Though the total number of ships fluctuates as vessels rotate in and out of Camel Station (as American sailors have nicknamed the...

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