• Short Summary

    A GUIDED-MISSILE FIRING RANGE BUILT IN GREECE FOR THE NORTH ATLANTIC TREATY ORGANISATION (NATO) WAS FORMALLY INAUGURATED YESTERDAY (FRIDAY) AT SUDA BAY, IN CRETE.

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    A GUIDED-MISSILE FIRING RANGE BUILT IN GREECE FOR THE NORTH ATLANTIC TREATY ORGANISATION (NATO) WAS FORMALLY INAUGURATED YESTERDAY (FRIDAY) AT SUDA BAY, IN CRETE. THE INAUGURAL CEREMONY WAS ATTENDED BY THE GREEK REGENT, GENERAL ZIOTAKIS, AND THE PRIME MINISTER, MR PAPADOPOULOS, AS WELL AS THE DEPUTY COMMANDER-IN-CHIEF OF NATO, GENERAL W.S. STONE OF THE UNITED STATES AIR FORCE.

    THE INSTALLATION, SITUATED ON THE AKRONTIRI PENINSULA, IN THE NORTH-EAST OF THE ISLAND OF CRETE, COST ABOUT GBP20,000,000 TO BUILD AND EQUIP. IT WILL BE USED BY EIGHT MEMBER NATIONS OF NATO. THE RANGE HAS ACCOMMODATION AND FACILITIES FOR TRAINING ONE BATTALION OF INFANTRY AT A TIME. IT WILL BE OPERATIVE 48 WEEKS A YEAR.

    THE TROOPS ARE TO BE TRAINED IN FIRING NIKE AND HAWK SURFACE-TO-AIR MISSILES AGAINST FRENCH-BUILT TARGET DRONES. THERE ARE THREE LAUNCHING PADS FOR EACH TYPE OF MISSILE. AN ELECTRONIC SCREEN WILL AUTOMATICALLY DESTROY ANY MISSILE WHICH STRAYS FROM THE RANGE.

    THE UNITED STATES CONTRIBUTED NEARLY ONE THIRD OF THE COST OF THE RANGE. THE OTHER USER NATIONS ARE WEST GERMANY, ITALY, DENMARK, NORWAY, THE NETHERLANDS, TURKEY AND GREECE. THE BUILDINGS WERE ERECTED BY A GREEK TECHNICAL CONSORTIUM, AND THE INSTRUMENTATION WAS BY AN AMERICAN FIRM.

    BEFORE THE INAUGURATION CEREMONY THE REGENT LAID A WREATH AT THE TOMB OF A GREEK POLITICIAN, THE LATE ELEFTHERIOS VENIZELOS.

    SYNOPSIS: NATO HAS A NEW GUIDED-MISSILE FIRING RANGE, ON THE GREEK ISLAND OF CRETE. GENERAL ZOITAKIS, APPOINTED REGENT BY THE ATHENS MILITARY REGIME AFTER KING CONSTANTINE FLED TO ITALY, WAS MET BY MR PAPADOPOULOS, THE PRIME MINISTER OF GREECE, WHEN HE ARRIVED TO TAKE PART IN THE INAUGURATION CEREMONY YESTERDAY (FRIDAY).

    THE REGENT LAID A WREATH ON THE TOMB OF A GREEK POLITICIAN BURIED ON THE ISLAND, THE LATE ELEFTHERIOS VENIZELOS.

    THE INSTALLATION, SITUATED ON THE AKRONTIRI PENINSULA, IN THE NORTH-EAST OF THE ISLAND OF CRETE, COST ABOUT TWENTY-MILLION POUNDS STERLING TO BUILD AND EQUIP. IT WILL BE USED BY EIGHT MEMBER NATIONS OF NATO. THE RANGE HAS ACCOMMODATION AND FACILITIES FOR TRAINING ONE BATTALION OF INFANTRY AT A TIME. IT WILL BE OPERATIVE FORTY-EIGHT WEEKS A YEAR. THE REGENT IS GREETED BY NATO MILITARY LEADERS...

    THE BASE WILL BE EQUIPPED WITH NIKE AND HAWK SURFACE-TO-AIR MISSILES, WITH THREE LAUNCHING PADS FOR EACH TYPE OF MISSILE. THE USER NATIONS ARE THE UNITED STATES, WEST GERMANY, ITALY, DENMARK, NORWAY, THE NETHERLANDS, TURKEY AND GREECE. THE BUILDINGS WERE ERECTED BY A GREEK TECHNICAL CONSORTIUM, AND THE INSTRUMENTATION WAS BY AN AMERICAN FIRM. THE UNITED STATES CONTRIBUTED NEARLY ONE THIRD OF THE COST OF THE MISSILE RANGE. GENERAL W.S. STONE OF THE AMERICAN AIR FORCE IS DEPUTY COMMANDER-IN-CHIEF OF NATO.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA1K1VLJQ68QBABBAJU02SLP7QW
    Media URN:
    VLVA1K1VLJQ68QBABBAJU02SLP7QW
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    18/05/1968
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:44:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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