As the Falkland Islands crisis intensifies between Argentina and the United Kingdom, the Chilean government is becoming increasingly concerned that it may be dragged into the conflict.
GV Punta Arenas Penguin Express bus and passengers departing. (4 SHOTS) (MUTE)
AERIAL VIEW Magellan Straits - Chilean oil rigs being towed back to port. (3 SHOTS) (MUTE)
AV Terra del Fuego shoreline. (3 SHOTS) (MUTE)
GV EXTERIOR Spire of Cathedral in Punta Arenas. (MUTE)
GV & CU Bishop of Punta Arenas preaching to congregations in church. (3 SHOTS) (MUTE)
SV Chilean airmen in Easter parade in street. (MUTE)
SV PAN Talcahuano Naval personnel on decks of Capitan Prat, formerly HMS Norfolk.
SV Chilean Admiral Jose Toribio Merino is piped aboard. (2 SHOTS)
CU Seaman wearing HMS Norfolk cap and Chilean naval officer wearing Chilean Navy cap. (2 SHOTS)
SV Officers walk past Capitan Prat sign.
SV Deck of vessel with Chilean flag flying.
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Background: As the Falkland Islands crisis intensifies between Argentina and the United Kingdom, the Chilean government is becoming increasingly concerned that it may be dragged into the conflict. The fears are reflected by the number of Chileans returning home each day on the Penguin Express bus service to Punta Arenas from southern Argentina. And the government has ordered that oil rigs in the southern Atlantic, off the Argentine coast, be towed back to Chile, in case of hostilities in the area. Naval patrols around other rigs in the Magellan Straits are increasing. Chile has cause to fear Argentina's territorial moves. At Terra del Fuego, three strategic islands are in dispute between the two nations. And in Punta Arenas, the city's bishop called for peace during his Easter message, as Chilean airmen took part in an Easter parade outside the cathedral. Chile's considerable naval force was strengthened on Tuesday (13 April) in Talcahuano, south of Santiago, when the British Navy formally handed over the HMS Norfolk. The crew of the Norfolk joined the Chilean Navy personnel to welcome aboard the commander in chief of the Chilean Navy, Admiral Jose Toribio Merino.