Bush, Yeltsin plan Chesapeake cruise

June 17, 1992|By Annapolis Bureau

ANNAPOLIS -- President Bush and Russian President Boris N. Yeltsin are scheduled to fly to the U.S. Naval Academy this afternoon, board a 63-foot converted PT boat and take a short cruise on the Chesapeake Bay.

Mr. Bush and Mr. Yeltsin, who are expected to travel to Annapolis by helicopter, will be joined on the hourlong trip by Secretary of State James A. Baker III.

A section of the academy will be cordoned off for security purposes. Tourists and other visitors will still be allowed on academy grounds, although there is little likelihood they'll be able to see either of the world leaders. Traffic patterns at the academy and in the city of Annapolis are not expected to be disrupted.

But some area waterways could be off-limits for a short period of time during the boat tour, a Coast Guard officer told the Associated Press. Although the two leaders were to depart from the Naval Academy sea wall on the Severn River about 2:30 p.m., the White House would not say exactly where on the bay the official party plans to cruise.

The leaders will travel on a barge assigned to the chief of naval operations. The 63-foot vessel, normally docked at the Washington Navy Yard, was seized in a drug-running case in 1980.

Gov. William Donald Schaefer said that he was not invited to join the excursion, but that the last time Mr. Bush was in Maryland he told the governor he wanted to take Mr. Yeltsin out on the bay.

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