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    The Greek President, General Phaedon Gizikis, took a first hand look at the strength of his navy on friday (5 July) as the dispute continued with Turkey over il rights in the Aegean Sea.

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    The Greek President, General Phaedon Gizikis, took a first hand look at the strength of his navy on friday (5 July) as the dispute continued with Turkey over il rights in the Aegean Sea.

    General Gizikis and the chief of the Greek navy, Rear-Admiral Petros Arapakis, inspected the Greek fleet in Phaleron Bay, south-west of Athens on the Aegean coast.

    For several hours, President Gizikis watched from the bridge of the destroyer "Koundouriotis", as the fleet sailed past and went through a series of manoeuvres.

    The naval exercises were among the highlights of a week dedicated to the navy. The Greek government gave wide publicity to the week because of the Aegean oil rights dispute with Turkey.

    This dispute ha strained the always delicate relations between the two countries --- both NATO allies.

    At the start of navy week, Rear-Admiral Arapakis told high ranking officers that Greece's navy was a guarantee of its territorial integrity and sovereign rights.

    The navy chief said Greece had spent considerable funds to modernies its fleet, and the navy was in a position to defend the Greek islands, for which the country has shed blood in the past.

    SYNOPSIS: The Greek naval fleet was put through its paces in the Aegean sea on Friday during navy week celebrations. The exercises were held in phaleron Bay south-est of Athens, watched by the Greek President, General Phaedon Gizikis and the naval chief, Rear-Admiral Petros Arapakis. They took the salute from the bridge of the destroyer Koundouriotis.

    The Greek government gave wide publicity to the navy week celebrations because of the current dispute with Turkey over oil rights in the Aegean. The dispute has strained the delicate relations between the two countries.

    Naval exercises had been going for weeks before the official navy week celebrations -- bringing protests from the Turkish government. Both countries are NATO allies, but this has done little to ease tension over the question of Aegean oil rights.

    Friday's exercises included a number of close-range attacking manoeuvres. At the start of navy week, Rear-Admiral Arapakis told high ranking officers that the government had open considerable funds modernising the naval fleet. He said Greece was in a position to defend the Greek islands for which Greece had shed blood in the past.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA262J9BMQRKKMABU6O13MGQXLM
    Media URN:
    VLVA262J9BMQRKKMABU6O13MGQXLM
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    06/07/1974
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:20:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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