In Southern Formosa Mar 20-25 ships of the United States Navy took part in the biggest U.
LS. Seventh Fleet flagship "St. Paul".
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LS. Copter taking off from ship's deck.
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LS. Destroyer firing coast in anticipation of landing.
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PAN. Of copter to landing crafts.
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MLS. Landing crafts nearing coast.
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MS. "Enemy" already entrenched in position.
LS. Amphibians advancing.
Ditto - reverse view.
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CU. US Marines taking position.
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President Chiang and others watching.
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LS. Other officers watching.
MS. Chinese marines landing.
Chinese marines manning gun.
President Chiang boards copter.
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President Chiang's copter taking off.
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LS. Troop-carrying copters.
MLS. Tractors negotiating newly built bridge.
LS. Troops on highway.
LS. Copters moving troops into interior.
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MS. Chiang and senior officers.
MRS. Troops rushing from copter.
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CU. President Chiang.
LS. Soldiers rushing from copter.
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MS. Chiang with American Ambassador Drumwright and senior officials
LS. Troops advancing with helicopter.
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Background: In Southern Formosa Mar 20-25 ships of the United States Navy took part in the biggest U.S.-Nationalist Chinese amphibious exercise ever held in this area. Code-named "Blue Star" the 5-day major exercise was to provide training in the navy-marine corps doctrine and techniques of amphibious operations, and to promote a close working relationship and understanding.
Taking part in the exercise were 170 ships, 500 aircraft and 61,000 men. The men came from the marine corps air-ground team of the US Seventh Fleet, and the Naval and Air Units of the Nationalist Chinese Armed Forces.
President Chiang Kai-Shek watched the operations from a review stand. Some 2,000 US and Nationalist Chinese officers were also there to watch this biggest naval exercise in Southern Formosa. President Chiang, using a helicopter, kept in close touch with the progress of the operation.
On 22nd March, US marines stormed ashore in landing craft, landing vehicles and helicopters to seize and hold designated objectives. The amphibious assault was designed to isolate the deepwater port of ken Ting, almost on the Southern tip of the island, and to assist Formosan troops in defeating mythical "aggressor forces".
The landing forces took control of the highways, moving huge tanks and tractors over hastily-built bridges and controlled at strategic points. Then the assault on the "enemy" - sources said the "enemy" was completely annihilated.