Throughout the ill-fated Cuban invasions - and the uncertainty immediately following - the United States naval base on the island at Guantanamo, has been constantly on the alert.
AERIAL VIEW... Guantanamo Bay (two shots)
GV U.S. marine on guard with rifle
GV Entrance to base
CU Car drives up to gate
CU Guard checks passes
GV Cars through gate
GV More cars
SV Two shots.. Guard closes gates
CU U.S. flag...
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Background: Throughout the ill-fated Cuban invasions - and the uncertainty immediately following - the United States naval base on the island at Guantanamo, has been constantly on the alert. Jet attack and fighter planes stood ready; and sailors and marines patrolled all the vital installations.
Outside the 17-mile fence that separates the base from Cuban territory, an increasing number of Cuban patrols were on guard. The Commander of the base, Rear-Admiral Edward O'Donnel, said the US (under her treaty for the base with Cuba) enjoyed "de factor sovereignty" over this installation; and therefore felt free to ignore the Castro Government's order forbidding foreign planes in Cuban territory.
He said he had no knowledge of a US aircraft-carrier in the area, as charged by Cuba. However, the carrier "Randolph" had left Norfolk, Virginia, USA, after overhaul and would arrive for routine training on April 22. Meanwhile, strict security precautions are being taken at the big Guantanamo base - all passes are checked, cars scrutinised and gates manned. Cuban workers are still allowed to work at the base.