While a junior analyst at the Navy Field Operational Intelligence Office in Aug-Sep 1968, I noted in the movement report control system that the Maury and Serrano were being ordered into Chinese territorial waters. This was flashed to the CNO and the order stopped. I received a major award for this action.
I later incidentally met someone from one of the ships and he said they assumed they were being set up for some bigger operation, and began to burn all sensitive documents!!!
I would appreciate any feedback from your membership on this event.
Captain, USNR, RET