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Soviet flotillas have plied Gulf coast, paper says

Soviet Navy flotillas accompanied by guided-missile craft and attach submarines have entered the Gulf of Mexico 10 times since 1969, coming within 30 miles of US shore, the Corpus Christi Caller-Times reported.

Soviet maneuvers, some lasting as long as three weeks, were in conjunction with deployments in the Caribbean, the newspaper said. US officials used a variety of means, including satellites, to monitor movements of the Soviet vessels.

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"These deployments are apparently for the purpose of showing the flag, but have also resulted in join exercises with Cuban military forces," a Navy statement requested by the newspaper said.

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