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Caribbean Tempests

Throughout the Cold War, the Navy worked with allied forces to limit Soviet and Cuban military power and ideological influence in the Caribbean. The American fleet proved essential to resolving the Cuban Missile Crisis of 1962, a confrontation that nearly led to nuclear war.

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play videoThe Cuban Missile Crisis:  In October 1962, the United States and the Soviet Union faced off at sea when it was discovered that the Soviets were constructing nuclear missile bases in Cuba. The tense standoff for 13 days was known as the Cuban Missile Crisis. An aggressive blockade (termed a "quarantine") by the US Navy compelled the Soviets to withdraw the missiles, and potential nuclear armageddon was averted.

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