National Geographic : 1953 Oct
573 1 . Nay. Olial Jokesters Aboard Princeton Chalk Wisecracks on a Jet Plane from Kearsarge During most strikes one flattop keeps a ready deck cleared for emergency landings by planes of all ships. Such landings arouse no comment, but the occasional pilot who gets mixed up and lands on the wrong ship is razzed unmercifully. This F9F-5, ready to return to its mother ship, gets decorations as well as fuel. China hands like Naval Attache Capt. Henry T. Jarrell, China is the key problem in world diplomacy. If Nationalist forces were to land on China's mainland, they might receive popular welcome. The controlling fact, however, is that Gen. Chiang Kai-shek could never hope to cross the 100-mile Formosa Strait against opposi tion without suitable landing craft, air cover, and logistical support, which only the United States can provide. On the other hand, with the training and equipment we have provided, the National ists appear thoroughly competent to defend Formosa against invasion, particularly since we have pledged the assistance of our Fleet and Air Force in that eventuality. Our naval advisors in Formosa are divided between the capital in Taipei and naval headquarters at the south of the island. At Taipei, in the midst of telephones and tele types, our officers sit side by side with Chinese, assisting in their planning and helping solve supply problems. At the National Defense College, built with Mutual Security Agency funds and pat terned after our Armed Forces Staff College at Norfolk, we teach Nationalist ground, air, and naval forces from paraphrased American texts. In the south, at Tsoying, Marine Maj. Robert B. Carney, Jr., who has been train ing Nationalist Marines, said, "Asians are excellent fighters anywhere. They have cour age and discipline in abundance." At Tsoying Navy men go to sea with Chinese crews on frigates and destroyer es corts we have given them, teach them the vessels' characteristics, and help plan gun nery exercises and escort missions. Over all this rich, tropic island one feels the presence of Chiang Kai-shek in every phase of life, and senses in this ascetic, hard working man an element of greatness and certainly of dedication. Formosa is the keystone in the arch of naval deployment in the Far East, its continued de nial to hostile forces being essential to the defense of the Japan-Korea-Okinawa complex and of the Philippines. Philippine Base Watches S.E. Asia At Sangley Point on Manila Bay, adjoin ing the historic old Spanish base of Cavite, known to many generations of the United States Navy, Rear Adm. Richard H. Cruzen maintains his headquarters. Overnight he could direct the operations of U. S. Pacific Fleet units should trouble break out in South east Asia.