King Paul of the Hellenes took the salute November 7 at a parade of 4,500 men newly-recruited in the Greek Navy.
L.V. KING PAUL'S CAR ARRIVING.
SIDE V. KING OUT OF CAR SHAKES HANDS WITH CHIEF OF STAFF, GREEK NAVY.
L.V. KING WALKING TOWARDS.
L.V. KING TOWARDS INSPECTING NEW RECRUITS.
L.V. KING WITH PRIEST.
L.V. OFFICERS DURING SERVICE.
SIDE V. OFFICERS LINED UP.
G.V. OF CEREMONY.
SIDE V. SAILORS REMOVING CAPS.
S.V. SAILORS TAKING OATH.
L.V. PRIEST WITH SAILORS.
S.V. KING PAUL TALKING WITH MINISTER OF DEFENCE, THEMELIS.
SIDE V. KING TAKING SALUTE, BAND TOWARDS.
TOP V. SAILORS MARCH PAST.
TOP V. DITTO.
Initials JRG/CW J.H./P.B.
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Background: King Paul of the Hellenes took the salute November 7 at a parade of 4,500 men newly-recruited in the Greek Navy.
The chief of the Navy Staff and Defence Ministry representatives watched the parade - at Scaramanga Bay base, off Piraeus, the port of Athens.
The men on parade took the oath of allegiance before the King. The act preceded a religious service.
While the Navy was increasing its strength in a reported bid to counter neighbouring Turkish weight in the Aegean theatre, the U.S. handed over navy ships to Greece under a lend-lease scheme between the two countries.
The ships, now flying the blue and white flag of Greece, included two submarines and two 1000-ton landing craft. Others under transfer at Norfolk, Virginia, navy base were four 3,000-ton destroyers and four landing craft.