• Short Summary

    South African Prime Minister John Vorster spent two hours at sea in his country's first submarine -- the French-built "Maria Van Riebeeck" on Tuesday (1 June).

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    South African Prime Minister John Vorster spent two hours at sea in his country's first submarine -- the French-built "Maria Van Riebeeck" on Tuesday (1 June).

    Mr Vorster was accompanied by Defence Minister Pieter Botha and other armed forces chiefs. The submarine cruised about 8 miles (12 kms) off the coast of Capetown, submerging for about 30 minutes.

    The "Maria Van Riebeeck" is the first of three submarines ordered from France.

    The remaining two are due for delivery later this year.

    SYNOPSIS: In Capetown on Tuesday, South African Prime Minister John Vorster took time off from his political duties to see his country's first submarine, the French-built "Maria Van Riebeeck".

    The Prime Minister was accompanied by Defence Minister Pieter Botha, Transport Minister Ben Schoeman, and armed forces chiefs General Rudolph Hiemstra -- the Commandant-General of the Defence Force -- and the Chief of the South African Navy, Vice Admiral Hugo Biermann.

    The "Maria Van Riebeeck" is the first of three Daphne-type submarines to be delivered to South Africa. The other two are due for delivery later this year. A White Paper submitted to parliament in 1969 announced a new five-year defence plan enabling an estimated 2 billion rand (1,000,000,000 sterling) to be spent mainly on coastal defence.

    Mr Vorster said later he was impressed with the submarine's performance. The "Maria Van Riebeeck" submerged for about 30 minutes during the two-hour cruise.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA68G6Q4NWCJPILGEXKEKETJF6T
    Media URN:
    VLVA68G6Q4NWCJPILGEXKEKETJF6T
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    03/06/1971
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:07:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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