QINGDAO, China — The commander of the U.S. Pacific Fleet said Wednesday that Soviet bombers are conducting simulated attacks against Alaska and along the Chinese coastline en route to Vietnam.
Adm. James A. Lyons, in China for the first port call by U.S. warships since the 1949 Communist takeover, said the Navy has introduced a new "North Pacific strategy" to deter "Soviet aggressive actions."
"We do take note of the aggressive actions that the Soviets conduct over North Korea into the Yellow Sea and down into the South China Sea," Lyons told reporters aboard one of three U.S. vessels on a weeklong visit to the northeastern city of Qingdao.
"They are overflying North Korea with strike bombers, simulating attacks at various points" down the Chinese coastline en route to the Soviet naval facility at Cam Ranh Bay in Vietnam, Lyons said. He did not say if the maneuvers were aimed at a specific country.