The New Zealand Frigate Otago today (Friday, 20th July) moved to within 12 miles of the French Pacific nuclear test site of Mururoa Atoll.
GV TILT UP Otago, with flags and radar scanners. (2 shots)
Deck to Air Shots Aircraft overhead. (2 shots)
LV ZOOM IN Ship on horizon.
SV Flags and guns on heard (3 shots)
MV B ridge ZOOM OUT TO GV
MV ZOOM INTO SCU Mr. Colman interviewed
QUESTION: "Mr. Colman, what is the purpose of your presence on board?"
COLMAN: "The purpose of my presence on the Otago is to be the official representatives of the Government of New Zealand and to illustrate the fact hat this venture has the full backing and the blessing of the New Zealand Government."
QUESTION: "Do you really feel you presence here is going to help stop the tests?"
COLMAN: "Well, whether it will stop it or not remains to be seen. But the whole exercise has certainly focused world wide attention on how New Zealand feels and the official feeling of the Government."
QUESTION: "Would it be fair to say that this is really a public relations exercise."
COLMAN: "Very much so, I think. If we are going to convince the French and other nations to discontinue nuclear testing, public opinion will be one of the strongest weapons we can have int his respect.
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Background: The New Zealand Frigate Otago today (Friday, 20th July) moved to within 12 miles of the French Pacific nuclear test site of Mururoa Atoll. The warship was reported battened down in the belief that the first French nuclear detonation was imminent.
Film of the Otago in the area was shot earlier this week, as the ship played cat-and-mouse with French aircraft and ships. First, a long-range Neptune aircraft flew low over the Otago taking photographs, then a French minesweeper loomed over the horizon and for several hours shadowed the Otago at a distance of four miles, apparently on an identification mission.
Throughout these encounters, the Otago was flying the battle ensign -- the flag traditionally raised for action.
As expectation of the start of the French tests increased, New Zealand Minister for Immigration Fraser Colman, the cabinet member picked to sail with the Otago, was interviewed aboard the ship: