At Cherbourg in France on Wednesday (21 December), a fourth torpedo boat was launched for the Greek Navy.
SV Torpedo boat on launch slipway
CU Name on side of boat "Navsithoi"
SV PAN Crew lined on deck of boat
SV Monseigneur Meletios arrives & welcomed by M. Amiot
SV Naval officers & ratings on parade (2 shots)
SV M. Amiot & Mme. Margaritis up steps to launching platform
SV Mme Margaritis cuts tape and bottle smashes on bow
SV Boat slides down launching slipway and into water (4 shots)
SV Mme. Margaritis presented with flowers
SV Boat floating
CU MS Meletios with M. Amiot.
SV Boat in water
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Background: At Cherbourg in France on Wednesday (21 December), a fourth torpedo boat was launched for the Greek Navy.
She's the "Navsithoi"--launched by Mrs. Margaritis, wife of the Greek Navy Chief of staff.
The Navsithoi has a speed of 42 knots--and carries modern armaments including missiles and anti-aircraft weapons.
The occasion was doubly notable as it was the first time television cameras had been invited to the shipyard of "Les Construction Mecaniques de Normandie" since Christmas 1969.
At the time patrol boats built for the Israeli Navy were spirited away--despite a ban placed on their delivery by the French Government.