The pressure of events has forced United States President Richard Nixon to deal with developments in the Middle East aboard the aircraft carrier "Saratoga" in the Mediterranean, during his visit to the Sixth Fleet.
GV Fighter aircraft take off on "Saratoga"
SV President Nixon taking seat with Chiefs of Staff
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GV Nixon talks to officers
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SV Nixon walks to helicopter, waves before departing
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Background: The pressure of events has forced United States President Richard Nixon to deal with developments in the Middle East aboard the aircraft carrier "Saratoga" in the Mediterranean, during his visit to the Sixth Fleet.
On Tuesday (29 September) he conferred with his Secretary of State and Defence Secretary aboard the carrier as well as watching units of the fleet exercising. Later he announced his views on the situation arising from the death of president Nasser.
The President also talked to the personnel of the Sixth fleet on Tuesday about their role in the recent Jordan crisis.
The death of President Nasser led Mr. Nixon to abandon one of the main objectives of his trip - to watch a firepower demonstration at sea emphasising the presence of the Sixth fleet in the Mediterranean as a counter to growing Russian naval and political strength in the area and in the Middle East. He ordered the exercise to be cancelled.
But he did watch warships of the fleet re-fuelling at sea, and a fly-past of fighter aircraft.
In his address to the men of the fleet, he said that they had been the main factor in preventing a Mediterranean war during the recent tension in the region.
On the death of President Nasser, he said in an interview taped for American television networks that it had cast a cloud of uncertainty over the crisis-ridden Middle East "and we don't really know what the impact will be."
U.S. Administration sources on the carrier with him said they believed that President Nasser's sudden disappearance would effectively shelve the American peace initiative, perhaps for several months.