Units of the United States 6th Fleet sailed for unknown destinations on Sunday (October 7th), after the outbreak of war in the Middle East.
GV and PAN ships in Phaleron Bay (2 shots)
MV US Sailors boarding boat (in civilian clothes) (3 shots)
LV Across harbour Zoom into ships in Bay (5 shots)
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Background: Units of the United States 6th Fleet sailed for unknown destinations on Sunday (October 7th), after the outbreak of war in the Middle East.
Earlier, all shore leave was cancelled by order of the U.S. defence Department, and sailors boarded their ships still in civilian clothes.
The aircraft carrier, Independence, with a compliment of 4,500 men, sailed from Phaleron Bay with an escort of three American destroyers.
The warships's destination was not disclosed for "operational" reasons.
Another 13 American warships, including a helicopter carrier, remained near athens, on full alert.
SYNOPSIS: Units of the United States Sixth Fleet sailed for an unknown destination from Phaleron Bay near Athens on Sunday, after the new outbreak of war in the Middle-East. The destination of the ships, led by the aircraft carrier, Independence, was not given for "Operational reasons".
Earlier, the United States Defence Department had cancelled all shore leave, and sailors were taken back to their ships, still in civilian clothes. Many were from the Independence, which has a compliment of four-and-a-half-thousand men.
The Independence was escorted by three of the six American destroyers based in Greece. There was no general order to the Sixth fleet. Thirteen other warships, including a helicopter carrier, remained near Athens. They were put on full alert.