Diplomatic and military leaders of the north Atlantic Treaty Organisation in Brussels joined 12 ships from the Alliance's Atlantic and Channel standing forces for sea exercises in the English Channel on Tuesday (6 June).
GV Warship firing guns.
GV Smoke next to submarine telescope
GV Submarine being surrounded by ships (2 shots)
GV Ships firing depth charges (2 shots)
GV Ships advancing to simulated enemy ship (2 shots)
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Background: Diplomatic and military leaders of the north Atlantic Treaty Organisation in Brussels joined 12 ships from the Alliance's Atlantic and Channel standing forces for sea exercises in the English Channel on Tuesday (6 June).
SYNOPSIS: It has been hoped to show the NATO leader a wide range of naval activities, but in the event they saw rather less then expected. The party ran into heavy fog which gradually thickened to prevent them from seeing much of the exercises.
However an exercise with ships homing in to surround a submarine was clearly visible.
A Major factor in the development of the NATO naval force in the past 20 years has been the ability for a tanker from the one country to fuel tow or more foreign ships. NATO has demanded standardisation of fuel and fuel systems which means the task has now become a routine operation.
Since the second World War there has been a major shift in Britain's defence role. Britain was once a major world power, but has now changed to become a medium-sized European power. The defence of Europe is one of the chief roles of the NATO forces and it demands the passage of transatlantic reinforcements and the effective use of seas around Europe for the deployment of forces.
The North Atlantic Alliance was established in 1949 and recognises the inherent right of individual or collective self-defence... following the extension of Soviet domination of Eastern Europe. The European navy is said to be the strongest patrolling European waters at present, but with Soviet leaders are anxious to stay ahead.