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Report Soviet Fleet Concentration off the Egyptian, Syrian Coasts

A concentration of Soviet naval power along the coasts of Syria and Egypt was reported here today. The Russian Mediterranean fleet, according to the reports, numbers at least 45 vessels exclusive of submarines and supply and repair ships.

It is believed that the main object of the Soviet naval forces is to shadow the U.S. Sixth Fleet operating in the Eastern Mediterranean. The Red flotila includes two cruisers of the Sverdlev class which carry anti-aircraft missiles and tactical ship-to-shore missiles with a range of 150 nautical miles and the capability of mounting either conventional or nuclear warheads.