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Soviets Vulnerable in Cam Ranh Bay, Australian Says

March 01, 1987|From Reuters

CANBERRA, Australia — The Soviet base at Cam Ranh Bay in southern Vietnam would not last more than a day if war broke out between the United States and the Soviet Union, Australian Defense Minister Kim Beazley said Friday.

Beazley made the statement in Parliament after several opposition and government members expressed concern over the growing Soviet presence in the Pacific and in the bay.

"The Soviet Union does not deploy front-line craft in Cam Ranh Bay. The true significance of the Soviet Union's position there lies in the political influence that it gives it," he said.

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