• Short Summary

    THE BRITISH AIRCRAFT CARRIER VICTORIOUS AND FOUR FRIGATES BEGAN EXERCISES ALONE OFF MALTA TODAY (FRIDAY).?

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    VALLETTA HARBOUR; HMS VICTORIOUS AND BRITISH FRIGATES LEAVING HARBOUR; US SHIPS IN HARBOUR.




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    Background: THE BRITISH AIRCRAFT CARRIER VICTORIOUS AND FOUR FRIGATES BEGAN EXERCISES ALONE OFF MALTA TODAY (FRIDAY). UNITED STATES SHIPS IN VALLETTA HARBOUR STAYED AT THEIR MOORINGS AFTER A JOINT EXERCISE WITH THE BRITISH VESSELS HAD BEEN CANCELLED BECAUSE OF THE MIDDLE EAST SITUATION.

    THE BRITISH EXERCISE BEGAN UNDER THE OBSERVATION OF TWO SOVIET MINESWEEPERS AND A SOVIET DESTROYER SENT TO JOIN THEM. THE EXERCISE, "DESERT FROST", WAS TO HAVE BEEN CARRIED OUT BY AMERICAN MARINES IN VESSELS NOW VISITING MALTA, AND BY BRITISH ARMY UNITS BASED ON THE ISLAND AND IN LIBYA.

    ELSEWHERE ON THE NAVAL SCENE, EGYPTIAN AIRCRAFT EQUIPPED WITH GUIDED MISSILES HAVE BEEN ORDERED TO FOLLOW THE MOVEMENTS OF THE BRITISH AIRCRAFT CARRIER HERMES, 27,800 TONS. THE HERMES, HERSELF ARMED WITH SEA-TO-AIR MISSILES AND CARRYING 22 AIRCRAFT, IS ANCHORED IN ADEN'S OUTER HARBOUR AFTER TURNING BACK FROM A VOYAGE TO THE FAR EAST BECAUSE OF THE TROUBLE IN THE MIDDLE EAST.

    IN LONDON, A SPOKESMAN AT THE MINISTRY OF DEFENCE SAID THE MOVEMENTS OF A THIRD CARRIER, THE COMMANDO SHIP ALBION, HAD NO CONNECTION WITH THE MIDDLE EAST CRISIS OR EVENTS IN THE MEDITERRANEAN. THE 27,300-TON VESSEL HAD SAILED "AS A PRECAUTIONARY MEASURE TO BE AVAILABLE IN THE ATLANTIC."

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    Film ID:
    VLVAA93KMNUMTBPBY0A6O9N1H1ALU
    Media URN:
    VLVAA93KMNUMTBPBY0A6O9N1H1ALU
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    02/06/1967
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:17:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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