Cuban Missile Crisis—Soviet Ships

October 24, 2021

October 24, 1962 was a critical day in the unfolding of the Cuban Missile Crisis, a tense 13-day confrontation between the U.S. and the USSR that nearly provoked a nuclear war.

On this day, Soviet ships heading for Cuba approached a blockade of U.S. vessels enacted by American President John F. Kennedy. Kennedy had been informed just days earlier of the presence of nuclear-armed Soviet missiles in Cuba, 90 miles from U.S. shores.

The naval blockade around Cuba was intended to prevent the Soviets from delivering more military equipment and missiles. Once news of the missiles and Kennedy’s response was made public, Americans and people around the world waited anxiously for the response of the Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev.

Fortunately, when the Soviet ships approached the American naval blockade on October 24th, they stopped rather than attempting to breach it. If they had, this action would have been met with military confrontation and could have quickly escalated into nuclear warfare.

Although a battle at sea was narrowly avoided, the missiles installed on Cuban land still posed a large problem for the Americans, and the tension between the two parties continued in the days following the blockade.

Eventually, Soviet leaders agreed to remove the missiles in exchange for a public announcement promising that the U.S. would not invade Cuba. President Kennedy also privately agreed to remove U.S. missiles from Turkey. This deal brought the Cuban Missile Crisis to an end on October 28, 1962. In the year following the crisis, both parties signed two treaties related to nuclear weapons.

14 Comments

  1. Mary Ann Maikish

    Thanks to Khrushchev nuclear war was averted. Not Kennedy even though after the crisis Kennedy did negotiate

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    • Stephen L Taber

      An odd conclusion. Thanks to Khrushchev the crisis occurred. Kennedy responded with the blockade. Both parties realized that nuclear war was not a good idea and the confrontation did not escalate. Both should be thanked for exercising good judgment.

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    • Alicia

      The Russians started the whole thing.Kennedy is the one that had the U.S. military go to protect the U.S. I was nine years old when this was going on. My family was preparing for a war. Kennedy stopped it and the Russians finally agreed. Do not forget, the Russian government cannot be trusted, the Russians want to control the whole world, they are the communist party. Do not trust a Russian.

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    • Philip John Matsikoudis

      You are thanking the man responsible for creating the crisis that might have led to WWIII instead of the man who ended it by his cool, calm and collected response in JFK, a great American President.

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    • Sue Davison

      Soviets would have completed their nuclear missile set up if not for evasiveness military action by our President, John F Kennedy. It was President Kennedy’s actions that averted WWIII. If you see it any other way,
      Go back and study Kruschev and Kennedy!

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  2. Jerald Watts

    During the Cuban Missile Crisis, we evacuated the defendants, reinforced the garrison at Guantanamo and were prepared to defend the base… Also a paratroop invasion was anticipated if the situation had not been resolved… We on the ground were not aware that the Soviets had introduced tactical nuclear weapons as well as the longer range missiles…Note a ready 101st Air borne group on the tarmac back in Florida awaiting invasion orders… Fortunately “three stand downs” occurred before we were ordered to return the paratroops back to Fort Campbell thus ending our plans for invasion… Oct. 1962…

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    • Philip John Matsikoudis

      Thank you for this interesting and wonderful insight.

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    • Sue Davison

      Thanks for this honest account of just what happened and how ready our country was under Commander-in-Chief John F Kennedy!

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  3. situs slot online

    Thank you for your blog post.Really thank you! Really Great.

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    • Sue Davison

      👍🏼

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  4. Red

    The last 3 comments have no place here regarding the Cuban Missile Crisis. Just some silly troll

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  5. Mike Salyers

    The skies over my base, Marine Corp Air Station, Cherry Point, NC, we’re full of troop planes for days. My December discharge date was extended and later reinstated. I thought all the Marines and Army were in Florida but me! Sgt. Mike….

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  6. Servando Gonzalez

    Dear Mr. Blake:

    I still don’t know why people keep repeating over an over the same story, which is totally contrary to the facts.

    1. There were never Soviet nuclear warheads on Cuban soil, and the missiles most likely were dummies.
    2. The Kennedy-Khruschev pact does not exist.

    See my article “The Cuban Missile Crisis: The First Mega-PsyOp” at https://newswithviews.com/the-cuban-missile-crisis-the-first-mega-psyop/

    Fpr a detailed explanation, read my book: The Nuclear Deception: Nikita Khrushev and the Cuban Missile Crisis.

    By the way, I was an officer of the Cuban Army during the crisis.

    Servando Gonzalez.
    .

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  7. Jerold Noh

    Khrushchev was building the infrastructure for the nuclear weapons and had the ships, that were delivering the missiles, on the way. President Kennedy sent the U S Navy to stop them. It led to a peaceful settlement that stopped a nuclear war. I was aboard the USS Point defiance, loaded with U S Marines. We were one of the many ships that were sent to Cuba to protect the United States.

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