Ships of the British, Australian and New Zealand navies sailed past Singapore on Sunday (31 October) to mark the end of the Royal Navy's Far East Command.
GV PAN Ships steam past in line astern
CU C-in-C saluting
LV Ship past C-in-C in F/G
SV Officers on saluting base watch as ships steam past (3 shots)
LV PAN from frigate 'Otago' past TO C-in-C saluting
LV C-in-C salutes as aircraft flies over head
LV PAN Jets overhead TO aircraft carrier
LV Helicopters fly over (2 shots)
Initials SGM/0100 SGM/0141
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Background: Ships of the British, Australian and New Zealand navies sailed past Singapore on Sunday (31 October) to mark the end of the Royal Navy's Far East Command.
The Command, which stretched from East Africa to the Pacific and from Nepal in the north to Australia in the south, had been in existence for more than 150 years. It is to be replaced by in the Singapore-Malaysia area by a 7,000-strong combined British, Australian and New Zealand force which includes an infantry brigade with one battalion from each of the three countries.
The end of the Command punctuates further the contraction of the British Empire in which Singapore Island was a strategic keystone for the defence and protection of vital sea routes.