NBC Evening News for Wednesday, May 17, 1972
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(Studio) 8 Russian naval vessels spotted in South China Sea, 300 mile from North Vietnam harbors. Soviet task force include guided-missile cruiser, 5 destroyers, oil tanker, missile-firing submarine. Pentagon not surprised. Russian ships have not challenged American ships. American planes shadow Soviet ships from carriers on Yankee Stn.
REPORTER: John Chancellor
(USS Constellation) Aircraft carrier Constellation is in Tonkin Gulf, 150 mile S.E. of Haiphong, North Vietnam. Area called Yankee Stn. Navy pilots fly bombing raids over North Vietnam from base ships here. They bomb supply depots and helped mine harbors. North Vietnam have sophisticated antiaircraft network. [Lieutenant Curtis DOSE - says success proves best use of fighters is in offensive.] [Lieutenant John NESBIT - is in Vietnam of own free will doing what is in best interest of his country.]
REPORTER: Dennis Troute
(San Diego, California) USS Ticonderoga will be 7th carrier in Vietnam waters. Ticonderoga picked up Apollo 16 astronauts 3 weeks ago. Ship now leaves for Yankee Stn. off Vietnam. Men not told where going, but destination a foregone conclusion. 150 demonstrators march peacefully in Coronado outside Naval Air Stn. 3 Ticonderoga crewmen seek sanctuary at a church, give selves up, are flown to ship via copter. Vietnam build-up trims West Coast fleet.
REPORTER: Roy Neal
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