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From bases on the Japanese island of Okinawa, the United States sent the USS George Washington carrier task force and elements of the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, together totaling 13,000 sailors and Marines.
carrier task force had first been considered a real threat to Soviet shore targets in 1954, when intelligence confirmed the presence of nuclear weapons (both bombs and Regulus missiles) on board the carriers, as well as planes that could deliver them (AJ-1s and A3Ds).
China's official Xinhua news agency said the Cowpens was "warned" by the carrier task force, adding the U.
After the attack, Drew and the men aboard the Minneapolis took on provisions, refueled and patrolled the area until late January 1942, when she joined a carrier task force to raid the Gilbert and Marshall islands.
He survived the action with two kills to his credit and then served successive tours in the Pacific, as a squadron leader and air group commander, ending the war as the operations officer for Admiral Mitcher's fast carrier task force (TF-58).
Navy forces were under the direction of Commander Carrier Task Force 77.
In later years, Mitscher again entered the naval history books as the admiral who commanded fast carrier task forces against the Japanese during World War II.
Navy carrier task forces by satellite would make it easier for Soviet submarines and aircraft to attack them, so the United States needed the anti-satellite missile to knock out enemy spy satellites.