Egypt's President Anwar Sadat and leading members of his Cabinet visited the port of Alexandria on Monday (24 June) to pay tribute to the part played by the Egyptian navy in the Middle East conflict last October.
GV Sailors standing in file for trooping of the colour
CU Sadat saluting
SV Sailors marching with flags
SCU & SV Sadat pinning medals to flag
GV Sailors at attention
GV Sadat in launch pulling out to view ships
GV Launch pulls up along flag ship PAN TO sailors on deck
SV Sadat arrives on deck and salutes officers
SV Sadat reviews guard of honour on deck (3 shots)
RV Sadat on bridge looking out to sea
GVs New missile-firing launches pass flagship (2 shots)
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Background: Egypt's President Anwar Sadat and leading members of his Cabinet visited the port of Alexandria on Monday (24 June) to pay tribute to the part played by the Egyptian navy in the Middle East conflict last October.
The President attended a special ceremony and handed out gallantry awards. He was greeted with a 21 gun salute and fanfare of ships' sirens.
In a brief speech, he said the battle against Israel would not be over until all occupied territories were liberated. He saluted the "Syrian brothers" and all other Arab countries which fought side by side with the Egyptians or helped the Egyptian war effort.
After the ceremonies ashore, the President and his party boarded a luxury launch which took them to the waiting destroyer, "Suez", in Alexandria harbour.
Then for almost two hours, the President reviewed the Egyptian fleet, which put on a spectacular "Sailpast". While the President watched from the bridge, troop carriers, submarines, destroyers, and torpedo and missile boats sailed by. Helicopters and jet fighters flew overhead.
President Sadat -- dressed in naval whites -- reportedly looked fit and relaxed. He hatted with the officers of the "Suez" and was obviously well informed about the facts and figures of the vessels which passed in review.