Tuesday, April 22, 1969 Panama City News-Herald (Panama City, Florida)

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Tuesday, April 22, 1969
Panama City News-Herald (Panama City, Florida) - right to go m . and 23-Ship Armada To Defend...
right to go m . and 23-Ship Armada To Defend Spy Craft Near North Korea WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Navy is forming a 23-ship arma- aa in the Sea of Japan to defend U S. planes during their intelligence-gathering flights off North Korea. The big show of strength, designed to deter the North Koreans from shooting down another ECL21 aircraft, includes four American aircraft carriers equipped with some 260 warplanes. The task force put muscle behind President Nixon's pledge Friday that the electronic surveillance mission will continue and that they will be protected. The Pentagon announced bare details of the formation of what is known as Task Force 71 but declined to reveal, as a matter of policy, ho\v it \vill operate off North Korea. Daniel Z. Henkin, the Pentagon's chief spokesman, told reporters that in addition to the four carriers the task force includes three cruisers and 16 destroyers, some of which are already in the Sea of Japan. The rest are headed there Henkin said security considerations prevented him from detailing where the vessels will be deployed. Nor was he able to confirm thai ECT21 flights have already been resumed. Tlu reconnaissance missions were temporarily suspended after North Korean aircraft shot down an unarmed ECL21 one week ago 90 miles southeast of Chongjin, North Korea. Whether all 23 ships of the Pacific fleet task force will be stationed near North Korea all at once, or whether they will rotate in and out of assignment areas was not disclosed by the Pentagon. Henkin did indicate that the battleship New Jersey will not be a part of the task force. He said he anticipates the New Jersey "will be coming home," although he didn't say when. The big battlcwagon was diverted to the Western Pacific Friday after postponing a scheduled docking at Long Beach, Calif. She recently ended her first tour of duty off Vietnam. The task force, commanded by Rear Adm. Malcolm W. Cagle of Grand Junction, Colo., is composed of the carriers Enterprise, Ticonderoga, Ranger and Hornet; the cruisers Chicago, Oklahoma City and St. Paul, and 16 destroyers. The Enterprise, Ticonderoga and Ranger arc attack carriers. The Hornet is designed for an antisubmarine role. Each of the carriers is combat-experienced, having served tours of duty off Vietnam as part of the American bombing campaign The Japanese Maritime Agency reported Monday that the carrier Hornet and 10 other American vessels have arrived in the Sea of Japan. At the same time the Japanese newspaper Yomiun in Tokyo '-e- ported that the Japanese government has told the United States U considers icconnais- sanc^ flights in the area essential to Japanese security but wants the planes to refrain from action that might provoke North Korea. Yomiuri said the Japanese government would ask the United States to withdraw any planes from Japanese bases that invade north Korean airspace. The EC121 which was downed by North Korea was based at Atsugl, near Tokyo. The United States maintains that the plane at no time entered North Korean airspace during its scheduled 8 3 ,2-hour reconnaissance mission off Korean coasts President Of Tax WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Nixon asked Congress Monday to eliminate income taxes for two million low-income families, to hahc the surtax, to repeal the business investment tax credit and to insure that most affluent American pay at least some taxes. "We shall never make taxation popular,' 1 the President said, "but we can make taxation fair " \\ith cuts and increases tending to balance out, Nixon estimated his over-all program would have small net effect on federal income. Initial reaction in Congress indicated it is likely to go along with most of his proposals although strong opposition may develoo lo dropping the 7 j-e: cent investment tax credit. While there will be additional reforms proposed in coming months, those disclosed in the presidential message add up to a first step of historic proportions a Treasury Department spokesman said. The administration's major proposals, to be spelled out in detail todav betore the Hou^e Ways and Means Committee, in elude: --Cutting the income tax sur-

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