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The Fleet to the Rescue

On July 3, 1950, only a week after the Communist invasion of South Korea, aircraft from USS Valley Forge (CV 45) and British carrier HMS Triumph hit targets in North Korea's capital, Pyongyang-the first naval air strikes of the war. Navy carriers proved vital early in the conflict when enemy troops overran one South Korean airfield after another, compelling the U.S. Air Force's land-based aircraft to operate from distant bases in Japan.

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