U. S. Fleet To Get New Permanent Homeport in Greece
(Stephen Klaidman in The Washington Post, 8 February 1972)
The United States and Greece have reached agreement on the use of Piraeus as the home port for a carrier task force of the U. S. Sixth Fleet, the State Department announced.
Details are now being worked out in Athens between U. S. Ambassador Henry J. Tasca and the Greek government. Final agreement is expected in a matter of months. It is expected that about 3,500 dependents of Sixth Fleet personnel and their households will be installed in Greece by the U. S. government.
Piraeus, the port of Athens, will become the main Mediterranean home port for the Fleet, which also has a facility at Gaeta, Italy. The move will enable more Sixth Fleet ships to remain on station for two years at a time, rather than the present six months because of the need for sailors to return to the United States to see their dependents.