Tight security was in force when the British luxury liner, Queen Elizabeth II, arrived at the southern Israeli port of Ashdod on Saturday (21 April) after an uneventful passage.
Tight security was in force when the British luxury liner, Queen Elizabeth II, arrived at the southern Israeli port of Ashdod on Saturday (21 April) after an uneventful passage. Portholes were blacked out for the final 100 miles of the vessel's journey. This was an added security precaution against possible attack. The 65,000 ton liner carried some 600 passengers, mostly American Jews, who were visiting Israel to celebrate the country's 25th independence anniversary. She is the largest ship ever to enter an Israeli port.
A youth band played during the ships arrival. The vessel's staff Captain said that the voyage had been uneventful from the security point of view.
British ships and aircraft had shadowed the liner during it's voyage from southampton, England. bomb experts, private detectives and British Royal Marines are reported to have sailed on board.
Ship's security officers, detectives and Israeli police stood guard on the gangways to check people going to and from the liner when she arrived. Passengers were issued with special identity cards to go ashore.
Israel's Transport Minister Shimon Peres was on the wharf to greet the liner when she arrived. Newsmen wee prevented from boarding the ship for security reasons.
SYNOPSIS: On Saturday the british luxury-liner Queen Elizabeth II, arrived in Israel after a passage from Southampton which involved a massive security operation. Portholes were blacked out for the final one hundred miles of the journey as an added security precaution against possible guerrilla attack. British ships and planes had shadowed the liner throughout the voyage.
The port of Ashdod, in Southern Israel, welcomed the largest ship ever to visit Israel. The sixty-five thousand ton luxury-liner had more than six hundred passengers on board. Most of them are American Jews visiting Israel for the country's twenty-fifth independence anniversary. The ship's staff Captain said the voyage, so far, had been uneventful from the security point of view. A local youth band sounded a welcoming note.
Tight security precautions were in force on the wharf when the ship berthed. Bomb experts, detectives and British royal Marines were reported aboard the ship itself. Coaches stood by to carry passengers on sight-seeing tours.
On the wharf to greet the liner was Shimon Peres, Israeli Minister of Transport.
Newsmen were prevented from boarding the liner. The ship's staff captain said that this was because of a security agreement between Cunard, the owners, and the British Ministry of Defence.
Passengers were issued with special security cards before being allowed ashore. Ship security officers, detectives and Israeli police stood guard on the gangways to check people going to and from the liner. Although the ship arrives on the Jewish sabbath, many of the Jewish passengers disregarded it as a day of rest and left for sight-seeing trips ashore.