Thousands watched the sleek, grey ship as she cut her way up the Hooghly River last October to berth at Calcutta, a port city of five million people with the largest natural harbor in northeast India. This was the first time in five years that an American naval vessel had called at the capital of West Bengal. It was also the first time that a modern frigate, like John S. McCain, had visited India, where in conjunction with a five-day good will tour, she was to deliver $5,000 worth of antibiotics and other medicines for victims of the recent floods in that area. Doctor N. Jungawalla, Director of the All India Institute of Hygiene and Public Health, accepted the shipment, presented on behalf of the United States by the Commanding Officer of John S. McCain "to strengthen the bonds of friendship, understanding, and good will between the free peoples of two great nations."
USS John S. McCain (DL-3)
By Lawrence S. Rhoades, JO2, USN