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    The commanders of Kenya's Army, Air Force, Navy and Police saw a demonstration of British military equipment in Mombasa on Friday (Aug. 24).

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    The commanders of Kenya's Army, Air Force, Navy and Police saw a demonstration of British military equipment in Mombasa on Friday (Aug. 24).

    The exhibition by British Defence Sales included mine layers, Fox armoured cars, silent Sterling machine-guns and the Fairey Marine Spearcraft coastguard patrol boat. The guests, many of whom travelled to Mombasa from Nairobi by chartered DC9, were entertained at lunch by the British High Commissioner to Kenya, Sir Anthony Duff, aboard the Royal Fleet Auxiliary ship Tarbatness in Mombasa Harbour.

    According to the Institute of Strategic Studies Kenya's army has about 6,000 men, made up of four infantry battalions and one support battalion, and armoured cars and scout cars.

    Since the independence Kenya has had some military assistance from Britain.

    The commentary by the British Army officer at he demonstration of individual pieces of equipment is included on the film. An alternative commentary is provided overleaf.

    SYNOPSIS: In Mombasa on Friday the commanders of Kenya's Army, Air Force and Navy watched a large display of British military equipment. They were told how this mine layer towed by an armour personnel carrier armed its mines automatically as they go down the conveyor belt. Mines can be sowed at four different spacings.

    Many of the guests were specially flown from Nairobi by chartered DC-Nine to see the demonstration and exhibition mounted by British Defence Sales. The audience was particularly interested in this Scorpion armoured vehicle as it travelled over rough terrain and fired.

    Britain has been involved in some military assistance to Kenya since independence.

    One of the most impressive vehicles demonstrated was the Fox armoured car. Like the Scorpion it has 7.62 millimetre machine guns. It is also small and light enough to be easily carried by air.

    Apart from this light field gun the African military commanders saw anti aircraft missiles and silent Sterling machine guns.

    There was also an impressive array of transport vehicles varying from a military version of the Range-Rover and a Rover one ton vehicle.

    Earlier the gusts were entertained on board the Royal Fleet Auxiliary ship Tarbatness by the British High Commissioner Kenya ??? Anthony Duff. The officials also watched British soldiers assemble a pontoon bridge.

    It took the soldiers only twelve minutes to complete this bridge.

    According to the Institute of Strategic Studies the Kenyan Army has more than six thousand men made up four infantry battalions and one support battalion. The Army is equipped with armoured cars and scout cars.

    The Kenyan Air Force has about six hundred men.

    In 1964 a small naval force was formed in the country.

    Its officers has a close look at the manoeuvres of this high speed Fairey Marine Spearcraft.

    It is built for coastguard and para-military roles -- or as a support craft.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA7R7B4BPRW1H5RP5GPWMYHVOWH
    Media URN:
    VLVA7R7B4BPRW1H5RP5GPWMYHVOWH
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    26/08/1973
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:02:31:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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