VISNEWS filmed Feb 4, 1,500 Greek Navy recruits taking the oath at Scaramanga Bay. Greek?
GV Sailors lined up.
LV General Dova, Chief of Greek General Defence Staff, Admiral Tsatsos, and his U.S. Military Aid General Gilmore.
SV Admiral Joannides arrives.
SV Towards priest with sailors walking towards.
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LV Sailors being inspected by Admiral Joannides.
Top V Sailors march past.
Front V...Sailors march past.
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SV General Dova, Admiral Tsatsos and General Gilmore watching.
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Background: VISNEWS filmed Feb 4, 1,500 Greek Navy recruits taking the oath at Scaramanga Bay. Greek Premier, Constantine Karamanlis; Minister of Mercantile Marine Mr. Andrianopolis; Undersecretary for Defence Mr. Themelis and high naval authorities watched the ceremony. A priest blessed the new recruits.
Faced with the threat of strong Russian naval forces based in Albania in the ports of Valona and on Sasson Island, the Greek navy has recently been considerably strengthened. Two 2,500 ton U.S. Landing Craft were handed over in Scaramanga Bay October 30, and four 3,000 ton destroyers and four more Landing Craft are expected at Piraeus on February 13th. These ships have been handed over by the U.S. Navy on a lendlease scheme.
The Greek Navy was recently divided into two independent Commands. The Aegean Sea and the Greek islands were put under a command based in Scaramanga Bay and the Ionian-Cretan Archipelago under a command based at Suda Bay.