TEL AVIV (Jun. 22)
The U.S. Navy has cancelled the visit of the guided missile cruiser Yarnell which was due at Haifa tomorrow for a four-day rest and relaxation stay for her officers and crew. The reason given was routine operational requirements. Sources here believe that the Sixth Fleet alert over the situation in Lebanon caused the cancellation. It was announced one day after an announcement that the U.S. had cancelled its pavilion at the international modern living exposition that opened today on the Tel Aviv fair grounds.
The Yarnell would have been the second U.S. Navy unit to visit Israel for the purpose of allowing its crew respite from exercises in the Eastern Mediterranean. The missile-carrying destroyer USS Mahan spent several days at Haifa in April when her men toured Israel as guests of the Israeli Navy. A British missile cruiser visited Haifa two weeks ago.