• Short Summary

    The South East Asia Treaty Organisation's biggest military exercise, code-named "Pony Express", began May 1 when a squadron of helicopters took off from the British Royal Navy aircraft carrier HMS 'Bulwark' and landed Royal Marines of the 42nd Commando on the beach at Kota Belud, North Borneo.

  • Description

    The South East Asia Treaty Organisation's biggest military exercise, code-named "Pony Express", began May 1 when a squadron of helicopters took off from the British Royal Navy aircraft carrier HMS 'Bulwark' and landed Royal Marines of the 42nd Commando on the beach at Kota Belud, North Borneo.

    Operating a shuttle service between beach and carrier, the helicopters landed 500 British and Australian troops. These were quickly joined by U.S. Marines brought in by helicopters from the US carrier 'Thetis Bay'. After the beaches had been 'secured', more troops and supplies were ferried ashore efficiently by landing craft.

    Fighters and bombers from aircraft carriers off-shore swept the coast in mock attacks, as tanks and artillery rumbled ashore in support. On the beach, S.E.A.T.O. troops were dug in to simulate enemy defence forces. Quickly establishing a beach-head, the allied marines moved through the jungle towards their 'target' - a ridge five miles inland.

    Nearly 20,000 naval personnel, 6,000 assault troops, 81 ships, fighters and bombers from Australia, New Zealand, the Philippines, Thailand, the United Kingdom, and the USA, are taking part in "Pony Express", which was designed to illustrate how quickly member nations would come to the aid of the ally.

    The U.S.S. 'Coral Sea' (63,000-tons), the largest and most powerful aircraft carrier of the Seventh Fleet, left the SEATO exercise May 2 for an undisclosed destination, rumoured to be near Laos.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA9IO3X8KGR6G6A2BI6C2H3UF1G
    Media URN:
    VLVA9IO3X8KGR6G6A2BI6C2H3UF1G
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    04/05/1961
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:02:00
    Time in/Out:
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    Canister:
    N/A

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