Sea Power and Maritime Affairs Lesson 19: The Era of Retrenchment: Presidents Ford and Carter, 1974-1980 Learning Objectives
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Sea Power and Maritime Affairs
Lesson 19: The Era of Retrenchment: Presidents Ford and Carter, 1974-1980
The Navy Under President Gerald Ford (1974-1976)
By 1975, the Navy’s 200th anniversary, the Navy had less than 500 ships,
the smallest since 1976.
President Jimmy Carter
Iran Hostage Crisis
So that's what our almighty government has had up its sleeve since Day One to help our 50 brave American hostages in Iran -- a military slapstick comedy routine, played out in the deserts of Iran!
Denver PostSheldon J. Potter, Letter to the Editor
People have been severely criticizing Carter for doing nothing. But now when he does something and it doesn't work he is going to be severely criticized again.
Arvid Laingen, brother of a hostage, quoted in "Minnesota Relatives of Hostages Differ Sharply on Rescue Mission"
Next time: President Reagan and Maritime Strategy