posted on Jun, 16 2009 @ 10:16 PM
A little more info on the Desoto Patrols:
The "Desoto Patrols" were involved in intelligence gathering missions outside the internationally recognized territorial waters and along the coasts
of the Soviet Union, China, North Korea, and North Vietnam.
NSA historian Robert Hanyok later explained, these missions had twin objectives:
to collect intelligence in support of the embarked commander and higher level authorities and to assert freedom of navigation in international
In a Desoto patrol, an unescorted destroyer, sails as far as possible into enemy waters, flaunting their concept of territory while collecting
intelligence for eventual hostile use. They were also used to gauge DRV coastal defenses.