ABC Evening News for Wednesday, May 17, 1972
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(Studio) Pentagon reports task force of 8 Soviet warships, include 5 destroyers, sighted 200 mile off Vietnam coast. Russia gives no indication it intends to challenge United States naval force off North Vietnam or to get through barrier of mines in North Vietnam harbors.
REPORTER: Harry Reasoner
(USS Constellation) United States Navy jet fighters and bombers leave USS Constellation for missions in North Vietnam. The Connie (ship's nickname) has lost 2 planes and 2 pilots over North Vietnam since offensive began. [Lieutenant John NISBERT - describes bombing military targets in North Vietnam, to interdict supplies. Tells about evading surface to air missile missiles. Thinks POWs hear United States bombs fall and it boosts their morale.]
REPORTER: Jim Bennett
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