National Geographic : 1961 Mar
his sentry post during an emergency defense exercise. And Guantanamo lives under constant threat. Sitting astride Guantanamo Bay, near Cuba's southeast tip, this base is a keystone of the Nation's defense in the Caribbean. It guards the narrow Windward Passage through the chain of West Indian isles that hems the At lantic. Only 800 miles away lies the vital Panama Canal (map, page 426). For nearly 60 years the base placidly went about its business under the Car ibbean sun. Now an unfriendly regime in Cuba wants the U. S. to move out. Molten brass, poured by Cuban workmen, sizzles into a mold in the base foundry. Castings will replace worn-out parts of destroyers. Oldest U. S. overseas base, Guan tanamo acts as handmaiden to the fleet. It services ships on shakedown cruises and training missions. 422 HS EKTACHROME(ABOVE) AND KODACHROMEBY W. E. GARRETT,NATIONALGEOGRAPHICSTAFF © N.G .S.