• Short Summary

    THE UNITED STATES HAS MADE A NEW CONTRIBUTION TO SOUTH KOREAN DEFENCE WITH THE HANDLING OVER LAST THURSDAY (12 DECEMBER) OF A NUMBER OF M-16 RIFLES AND SIX NEW BELL IROQUOIS HELICOPTERS.

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    THE UNITED STATES HAS MADE A NEW CONTRIBUTION TO SOUTH KOREAN DEFENCE WITH THE HANDLING OVER LAST THURSDAY (12 DECEMBER) OF A NUMBER OF M-16 RIFLES AND SIX NEW BELL IROQUOIS HELICOPTERS. THE PRESENTATION CEREMONY WAS PERFORMED BY THE COMMANDER OF THE U.S. FORCES IN KOREA, GENERAL CHARLES BONESTEEL. ARMY CHIEF OF STAFF GENERAL KIM KAE-WOM, RECEIVED THEM ON BEHALF OF THE KOREAN GOVERNMENT.

    THE LIGHT-WEIGHT FAST-FIRING M-16 RIFLES WERE FIRST ISSUED TO KOREAN FORCES IN VIETNAM LAST YEAR. THE FIRST OF THE LATEST SHIPMENT WILL BE RELEASED TO PERSONNEL STATIONED IN FRONTLINE AND COASTAL AREAS WHERE GUERILLA ACTIVITIES HAVE BEEN INCREASING.

    THE HELICOPTERS WILL BE USED TO FORM AN ASSAULT HELICOPTER COMPANY - THE FIRST OF ITS KIND IN THE KOREAN ARMY. THE CRAFT, ARMED WITH MACHINE GUNS AND OTHER WEAPONS, WILL BE USED FOR SPEEDY OPERATION AGAINST INFILTRATORS.

    DURING THE CEREMONIAL HANDING-OVER THE UNITED STATES AIR FORCE SYMBOL WAS REPLACED ON THE HELICOPTERS BY THE KOREAN SYMBOL.

    THEN THE AIRCRAFT, WITH SOUTH KOREAN PILOTS AT THE CONTROLS, TOOK OFF IN A DEMONSTRATION OF THEIR CAPABILITIES.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA4XAY9K72L3XOB363KUPJTNL34
    Media URN:
    VLVA4XAY9K72L3XOB363KUPJTNL34
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    15/12/1968
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:03:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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