In Argentina, the country's major annual "Navy Day" celebrations were this year held on Saturday (May 13) at the inland city of Cordoba.
GV Admiral Emilio Massera inspecting guard of honour (2 shots)
GV Troops watching
SCU Admiral Massera speaking
GV Troops watch as Admiral walks on to platform (3 shots)
SV Admiral and other military leaders watch as troops march past (4 shots)
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Background: In Argentina, the country's major annual "Navy Day" celebrations were this year held on Saturday (May 13) at the inland city of Cordoba.
SYNOPSIS: The head of the Argentinean navy and a member of the ruling military junta, Admiral Emilio Massera, had flown from the capital, Buenos Aires for the event and he addressed the troops. The main ceremony was held at San Martin Square in Cordoba.
In a speech to the parade Admiral Massera spoke of the fight against terrorism. Those who had died in the struggle, he said, had been defending democracy, life and the integral growth of the country, not economic factors, such as the law of supply and demand or the balance of payments.
In Argentina, the junta, made up of the chiefs of the staff of the army, navy and airforce, holds all political power. Admiral Massera, as a member, praised the efforts of the navy in fighting terrorism. He said the armed forces had always been united in defending Argentina from its foreign enemies, but said the painful experience of fighting its enemies within had brought them closer together. He said subversion had been defeated and the country must look towards the future of consolidate the gains it had made. Admiral Massera said the navy had produced heroes and victims, but it was now responsible to see its sacrifices had not been in vain.