INTRODUCTION: A Soviet naval task force has been sighted off the West Coast of South Africa.
Russian warship with refuelling tanker.
Russian warship steaming by itself.
Plane's shadow on water.
Frigate being refuelled by tanker.
INTERIOR Cockpit over pilot's shoulder.
SCU Army photographer taking material for intelligence.
Frigate and oil tanker steaming alongside.
Single warship steaming.
Frigate being refuelled, other ship. (2 SHOTS)
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Background: INTRODUCTION: A Soviet naval task force has been sighted off the West Coast of South Africa. The task force of three ships was sighted by a South African maritime reconnaissance patrol.
SYNOPSIS: The task force was sighted on Friday (25 September) 100 kilometres (60 miles) off Cape Agulhas, the southern-most point of South Africa. The South African Defence Minister, General Magnus Malan said they had been deployed off the Cunene River, the border between Angola and the South African controlled territory of Namibia. The general said territory of namibia. The general said they'd probably been involved in an operation to show solidarity with Angola and Soviet-backed guerrilla movements in Southern Africa. They are a modern destroyer seen here being refuelled by an accompanying support ship and a modern guided missile carrier. General Malan said they would probably be joined by tow Soviet nuclear submarines which had been deployed off Angola with the surface African military Operation Protea, the south African military raid into that country (Angola) lat month. The raid was aimed at destroying SWAPO guerrilla bases in Angola and the South Africans claim to have captured a Soviet soldier and killed several others. A senior South African military spokesman said the ships were probably going to join the main Soviet fleet in the Persian Gulf.