D�tente at Work: Soviet Ships in Boston, U.S. Navy Ships in Leningrad

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To mark the 30th anniversary of the end of the Allied victory in World War II, two U.S. Navy ships visit Leningrad Harbor in the Soviet Union. At the same time, two Soviet destroyers visit Boston Harbor. The destroyers are the first Soviet ships to dock at a U.S. port since the beginning of the Cold War.



"D�tente at Work: Soviet Ships in Boston, U.S. Navy Ships in Leningrad." Robert Hager, correspondent. NBC Nightly News. NBCUniversal Media. 12 May 1975. NBC Learn. Web. 11 January 2020.


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Détente at Work -- Soviet Ships in Boston, U.S. Navy Ships in Leningrad


Finally this evening, hands across the sea. Here are two U.S. Navy guided missile ships. They are in the harbor of Leningrad, USSR as part of a demonstration of détente and a commemoration of the thirtieth anniversary of the end of World War II in Europe. That was only part of the show today. Two Russian destroyers were in Boston Harbor and Robert Hager covered that story.

ROBERT HAGER reporting:

The two Soviet destroyers entered Boston Harbor early this morning, fired a salute. A shore battery fired back in welcome. It was the first time Soviet warships had called at a U.S. port since World War II. The ships were destroyers, the


and the


. American reporters and cameramen went aboard with surprisingly few restrictions.

Unidentified Man: The Soviet sailors arrived on the visit to Boston are conveying their best wishes to the city residents, to all Americans.

HAGER: This afternoon, some of the sailors were taken on short tours of Boston. They went sightseeing, snapped pictures and had a good time. This American girl tried to talk to one sailor, she spoke only English, he spoke only Russian, to look for help.

Tomorrow the Soviets will open their ships for visits by the public. They’ll even have one special day for visits by children. In the normally secret Soviet way of doing things, nothing is apt to be more secret than anything that has to do with the military. So the openness of this visit is truly unusual. Robert Hager, NBC News, in Boston.

CHANCELLOR: There are other things going on to illustrate that the United States and the Soviet Union are trying to get along. This summer, there will be a joint Soviet-American space shot and a linkup in space and today, for the first time ever, the Russians let foreign correspondents into their super secret space flight control center, about an hour’s drive from Moscow. Little by little, it seems to be going on. Goodnight, for NBC News.