Observers from NATO and Baghdad Pact countries were among an audience of British service chiefs filmed by VISNEWS June 22 watching 'Exercise Runaground', an Amphibious Warfare exercise, on the beaches at Eastney, near Portsmouth, U.
Observers from NATO and Baghdad Pact countries were among an audience of British service chiefs filmed by VISNEWS June 22 watching 'Exercise Runaground', an Amphibious Warfare exercise, on the beaches at Eastney, near Portsmouth, U.K. Exciting feature of the exercise was the appearance and performance of Britain's 'Hovercraft'.
Opening with a Commando assault by helicopters, 'Exercise Runaground' -- an annual beach assault demonstration by the three combined services -- got into its stride as bombers zoomed in low 'softening' the beach with their deadly loads. Frogmen were dropped into the sea from helicopters to neutralize beach defences. Their work done, they were followed in by hordes of landing craft vomiting their cargoes of men and machines on to the beach.
The Saunders-Roe 'Hovercraft', piloted by Lt. Cdr. Peter Lamb, skimmed over the water at 30 knots from Cowes, Isle of Wight, to the beaches at Eastney. It was the longest--12 miles - and the fastest trip it has made. Before this audience of international 'top brass' it first demonstrated its speed and manoeuvrability on the sea, and then, sweeping in on a cushion of fine spray, made a gentle touch-down on the shingle.
Its potentialities as a vehicle for Amphibious warfare, were impressively demonstrated.
A demonstration of cliff assault techniques, at Culver Cliff, Isle of Wight, completed the exercise designed to show Staff College students some of the problems of Amphibious operations.