For the first time since his accession King Olaf V of Norway inspected his naval forces.
For the first time since his accession King Olaf V of Norway inspected his naval forces. The Royal review was part of the centennial celebrations of the Norwegian Naval Base of Horton. The King was invited to spend two days at the town and his navy staged the biggest review of the post war years. Twenty ships took part, including six destroyers, two frigates, six motor torpedo boats, a submarine and an assortment of mine-sweepers and supply ships.
King Olaf took the salute from his Royal Yacht, the "Norge", and later inspected the warships and crews. Three Catalinas of the Royal Norwegian Navy opened the parade by flying low over the Royal Yacht. As each ship sailed past the King its crew saluted with 'hats off' and a salvo from the main guns.
Led by the Royal Yacht, the fleet steamed into the harbour, and Vice Admiral Jacobsen, Chief of the Naval Staff, and Admiral M. Braadland, acting Admiral of the Fleet, boarded King's vessel to pay their respects. Afterwards, in a launch, the King of Norway carried out his inspection of the ships, starting with the Navy's flagship, the "Trondheim", and ending on the quayside with the minesweeper's crews.