WASHINGTON (Apr. 5)
Reports have been received here from Cairo that Egyptian and Soviet naval cooperation has grown in the last two years and that Soviet warships and fishing trawlers equipped with electronic intelligence gear are observing American, British, and probably Israeli naval and merchant shipping.
The Soviet spy ships have been observed in the Red Sea and also off Egypt’s Mediterranean coast. Some of the ships are Russian fishing trawlers carrying ultramodern electronic spying devices.
Reports received here indicated that the main Soviet aim was surveillance of the U. S. 6th fleet in the Mediterranean and the 7th fleet in the Indian Ocean. But evidence of closer Egyptian-Russian cooperation in this undertaking indicated that Israeli naval and merchant shipping operations are also under scrutiny.