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NATO Exercise Begins In Atlantic

September 1, 1987

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) _ Major NATO maneuvers have fewer than half the number of U.S. warships than a similar exercise two years ago, but a spokesman says the American buildup in the Persian Gulf has nothing to do with the cutback.

More than 150 ships and 250 aircraft from 11 nations are joining in ″Ocean Safari ’87,″ which continues in the North Atlantic through Sept. 18, the office of Supreme Allied Commander Atlantic said Monday.

Eleven ships belong to the U.S. Navy, including the aircraft carrier Forrestal. When the last exercise was held in 1985, 28 of the 160 ships were from the United States.

″These exercises are designed a year and a half to two years in advance. It was just designed for a smaller number of U.S. ships this time,″ said Petty Officer 1st Class Jim DeAngio.

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