– U.S.S. Saratoga CVA-60/CV-60
Near the Azores Islands - February or March 1971, at
The U.S.S. Saratoga was on mission
toward Scotland, when
a huge scraping was felt at the bottom of the ship, and it came to a
shuddering, near complete stop. The bridge crew noticed a large blob of light moving rapidly away
underwater. The crew was told that they
had hit a whale, and not to talk about it. The next night, a large blob of light was seen
following the ship. The crewman/witness says that the object was two
times wider than the 35-40' wide ship itself. This latter pursuit lasted
for about ten minutes.
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The Archipelago of the Azores is composed of nine
volcanic islands situated in the middle of the North Atlantic Ocean
approximately 1500 km from the European coast and 3900 km from the North
American coast. The Archipelago extends along a south east-north-west strip
and is encompassed by the longitude of 25º to 31º-15” West and a latitude of
36º-55” to 39º 45” North.
Saratoga’s Period History:
On 28 September 1970, President Richard M. Nixon and his
party arrived on board. That night, word was received that Gamal Abdul Nasser, President of the United Arab Republic
had died; an event that might plunge the entire Middle East into a crisis.
The intelligence and communications personnel of Saratoga were required to
supply the President, Joint Chiefs of Staff, and the Secretaries of State and
Defense with the essential intelligence information to keep them abreast of
the deteriorating situation. The Presidential party departed the ship the next
evening, and Saratoga continued on patrol in the eastern Mediterranean until
she sailed for the United States on 2 November [1971-CF-].
From her arrival at Mayport
until 10 March 1971, she was in a "cold iron" status. She then
operated off the Florida coast until 7 June when she departed for her
eleventh deployment with the Sixth Fleet, via Scotland and the North Sea where she
participated in Exercise Magic Sword II. She returned to Mayport
on 31 October for a period of restricted availability and local operations.