Originally Posted by LeGenD
The aircraft carrier had been moved after the fate of Bangladesh had been decided. Nixon was not ready to face accusations of threatening militarily India in favour of a perceived genocidal regime.
By the time the Carrier was ordered to move, the Russians were already co-operating with the Americans to call out a ceasefire and prevent any Indian invasion of the west. By now Nixon's and Kissingman's priority was to save at least half of Pakistan.
Here is a US presidential file acknowledging the arrival of carrier in bangladesh on dec 16th, by the time it was a foregone conclusion that bangladesh had been lost.
Reference is to the Malacca Straits separating Malaysia and Indonesia which the carrier force that had been stationed off Vietnam was expected to traverse the evening of December 12, Washington time. The force was anticipated to arrive off East Pakistan by the morning of December 16. (Note on information concerning U.S. Naval forces; National Archives, Nixon Presidential Materials, NSC Files, Box 642, Country Files, Middle East, India/Pakistan)
Americans were infact co-ordinating their fleet movements with the Russians by December 12th, so as to prevent any misunderstanding. By now both had agreed to prevent India from invading W Pakistan and bring about an UN Ceasefire.
Transcript of Telephone Conversation Between the President's Deputy Assistant for National Security Affairs (Haig) and the Minister of the Soviet Embassy (Vorontsov
V: General, how are you. You are left alone. They arrived already?2
H: Yes. I just spoke to them. He3 asked me to hold up our Seventh Fleet movements, and we are going to put that movement in orbit for 24 hours at a place so it won't surface—the fact that they are moving.
V: Still like the Vietnamese situation?
H: They are considerably south of there. So it will be no public issue.
V: For 24 hours. Very good. I think that is very necessary. During this 24 hours, we might have good results.
H: Henry wanted you to have this.
V: Thank you very much, General.
1 Source: National Archives, Nixon Presidential Materials, NSC Files, Box 998, Haig Chronological File, Haig Telecons 1971
It is quite clear that there could be no such face-off between fleets if the Governments were in fact co-operating.
Maybe the Russian general had had too much of his Vodka lol.