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June 1976 - Lebanon, Beirut


B0253-03A:   President Gerald R.  Ford and National Security Advisor Brent Scowcroft pointing to a map of Beirut, Lebanon, during the discussion of the evacuations, July 17, 1976.   Note Secretary of State Henry A.  Kissinger to the President’s right.   White House Photographic Office Collection, now in the collections of the National Archives.
Caption: B0253-03A: President Gerald R. Ford and National Security Advisor Brent Scowcroft pointing to a map of Beirut, Lebanon, during the discussion of the evacuations, July 17, 1976. Note Secretary of State Henry A. Kissinger to the President’s right. White House Photographic Office Collection, now in the collections of the National Archives.

USS Spiegal Grove (LSD-32) and LCU-1654 (a landing craft utility vessel) evacuated 276 American and foreign national refugees from war-torn Beirut, Lebanon, and transported them to Athens, Greece.   On 27 July, USS Coronado (LPH-11) evacuated about 300 refugees, including approximately 150 Americans and were taken to Pireaus, Greece.  During both evacuations, USS Little Rock (CLG-4), flagship of the Sixth Fleet, along with other U.S. Navy warships stood off the coast of Lebanon to provie protection and assistance if needed.  


Beirut, Lebanon.  View of the war torn city from LCI 1654.  The craft was involved with removing refugees to the USS Spiegel Grove (LSD 32) off shore during Operation Fluid Drive.   The Spiegel Grove took 276 people to safety in Athens, Greece.    Photographed by PH1 A.J. Ringuette, 20 Jun 1976.   NHHC Photograph Collection, Navy Subject Files, Wars and Events.
Caption: Beirut, Lebanon. View of the war torn city from LCI 1654. The craft was involved with removing refugees to the USS Spiegel Grove (LSD 32) off shore during Operation Fluid Drive. The Spiegel Grove took 276 people to safety in Athens, Greece. Photographed by PH1 A.J. Ringuette, June 20, 1976. NHHC Photograph Collection, Navy Subject Files, Wars and Events.

LCU-1654, with 276 refugees from war-torn Beirut, Lebanon, approaches USS Spiegel Grove (LSD-32).    NHHC Photograph Collection, Navy Subject Files, Wars and Events.
Caption: LCU-1654, with 276 refugees from war-torn Beirut, Lebanon, approaches USS Spiegel Grove (LSD-32). NHHC Photograph Collection, Navy Subject Files, Wars and Events.

LCU 1654 unloads refugees from war-torn Lebanon in the well of the dock landing ship USS Spiegel Grove (LSD 32) as the ship stands off Beirut.  Spiegel Grove took 276 people to safety in Athens, Greece, during Operation Fluid Drive.   Photographed by PH1 A.J. Winguette, June 20, 1976.   NHHC Photograph Collection, Navy Subject Files, Wars and Events.
Caption: LCU 1654 unloads refugees from war-torn Lebanon in the well of the dock landing ship USS Spiegel Grove (LSD 32) as the ship stands off Beirut. Spiegel Grove took 276 people to safety in Athens, Greece, during Operation Fluid Drive. Photographed by PH1 A.J. Winguette, June 20, 1976. NHHC Photograph Collection, Navy Subject Files, Wars and Events.
Published: Tue Apr 28 11:43:57 EDT 2020