• Short Summary

    FIVE GUNBOATS, BUILT BY A FRENCH FIRM AS MISSILE LAUNCHERS FOR THE ISRAELI NAVY, MYSTERIOUSLY SLIPPED OUT OF CHERBOURG HARBOUR LATE ON CHRISTMAS EVE AFTER BEING BLOCKED IN THE NORMANDY PORT UNDER FRANCE'S ARMS EMBARGO ON ISRAEL SINCE THE SIX-DAY WAR OF JUNE 1967.

  • Description

    FIVE GUNBOATS, BUILT BY A FRENCH FIRM AS MISSILE LAUNCHERS FOR THE ISRAELI NAVY, MYSTERIOUSLY SLIPPED OUT OF CHERBOURG HARBOUR LATE ON CHRISTMAS EVE AFTER BEING BLOCKED IN THE NORMANDY PORT UNDER FRANCE'S ARMS EMBARGO ON ISRAEL SINCE THE SIX-DAY WAR OF JUNE 1967. THE GUNBOATS WERE PART OF A BATCH ORDERED BY ISRAEL SEVERAL YEARS AGO. THE OTHERS WERE DELIVERED THE FRENCH EMBARGO.

    THE VESSELS, WHICH ARE NOT YET FULLY ARMED, ARE CAPABLE OF FIRING ISRAELI-MADE GABRIEL SEA-TO-SEA AND SEA-TO-AIR MISSILES AND ARE REGARDED IN ISRAEL AS THE ANSWER TO THE SOVIET OSA MISSILE-LAUNCHING VESSELS WITH WHICH THE EGYPTIAN SANK THE ISRAELI DESTROYER ELATH IN OCTOBER 1967.

    THE GUNBOATS, WITH FRENCH-BUILT HULLS AND ITALIAN ELECTRONIC EQUIPMENT, ARE KNOWN IN ISRAEL AS 'SAAR' TYPE. THEY HAVE A RANGE OF 800 MILES (ABOUT 1,287 KILOMETRES) AT A CRUISING SPEED OF 30 KNOTS. AS WELL AS THE MISSILES, THE GUNBOATS CARRY TORPEDO AND ANTI-AIRCRAFT ARMAMENT.

    (EUROPE NUMBER ONE RADIO STATION REPORTED LATE TONIGHT THAT THE GUNBOATS HAD BEEN SIGHTED SAILING THROUGH THE STRAITS OF GIBRALTAR INTO THE MEDITERRANEAN BETWEEN 1545 AND 1600 GMT TODAY (27 DECEMBER).

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    Film ID:
    VLVA4J2O311Y7TRQBSENH5609MSUP
    Media URN:
    VLVA4J2O311Y7TRQBSENH5609MSUP
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    27/12/1969
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:00:42:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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