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FRONTLINE; Return of the Great White Fleet

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Return of the Great White Fleet
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Premiered January 1983 Since January 1983, FRONTLINE has served as American public television's - PBS - flagship public affairs series. Hailed upon its television broadcast debut as "the last best hope for broadcast documentaries," FRONTLINE's stature over 23 years is reaffirmed each week through incisive documentaries covering the scope and complexity of the human experience. Series release date: 1/1983

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Examines debate inside Navy establishment over the wisdom of current development of fleet. Profiles Navy Secretary John Lehman and the growing debate inside the navy establishment to build a multi billion dollar fleet which critics say may not be able to fight the kind of wars the nation would be most likely to encounter.

NOTE: Repeated under the title “ Battle For The Norwegian Sea”, 1/1/1985



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