Over 2,5000 R.N. matelots went ashore to see the city sites of Istanbul early this?
Over 2,5000 R.N. matelots went ashore to see the city sites of Istanbul early this week.
They were from the visiting aircraft carrier Eagle 43,000 tons - one of three operational carriers of the Malta-based Mediterranean Fleet, from the cruiser Sheffield, 9,000 tons and the destroyer Trafalgar.
The seven year old Eagle backed the 1956 Suez Franco-British landings. Sheffield, a prewar ship, won fame on Russian convoy service in World War Two.
Flag Officer Admiral Robert Alistair Ewing during the courtesy visit took part in a wreath laying ceremony in the city, watched by British families resident in the capital.
The Eagle was open to the public. Matelots gave a party to the children of British families. Wish them were Turkish, German and French children. Their chief interest centred on Eagle's aircraft - Seahawks, Gannets, Skyraiders and Sea Venoms.
The courtesy visit was from October 17-23. The warships then were leaving for a call to Cyprus.