Navy Vessels From
Newport Hunt ‘Contacts’ Off Coast
NEWPORT, R.I. (AP) A huge
concentration of Navy vessels including the anti-submarine carrier Leyte today were reported hunting
“unidentified contacts” along the Atlantic Coast.
Navy officials here said Escort Squadron
10, which ordinarily has eight destroyers, has been taking part in the sea
search since Tuesday. The Leyte and
other craft from Norfolk, Va., joined the search about the same time.
from Navy headquarters in Washington Thursday night said vessels “sailed from
East Coast ports to investigate a reported contact in the Atlantic. It is a
standard procedure to investigate such reports from any source.”
declined further comment as did the Pentagon. There were reports that rocket
experts believed it is possible that American ballistic missiles from Cape
Canaveral, Fla., had been destroyed by submarine radio signals.
The Jacksonville, Fla., Journal said a Navy plane from the
Jacksonville Air Station recently sighted a Russian submarine on the surface
to the Jacksonville Journal, the
hammer and sickle was clearly visible on the craft. In Washington a Navy
spokesman said, “We have no official knowledge of that matter.”
However, the Boston Daily Record quoted an Air Force
spokesman, who was queried about the missiles being blown up by sub signals,
as saying, “We know what’s causing the difficulty. We know it is not a
This reference: The Woonsocket Call
(Rhode Island newspaper), Saturday, February 22, 1958; Boston Daily Record, date unknown (around 22
UFOCAT PRN – NONE
Location – too large an area to estimate.