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    Two United States Navy guided missile destroyers sailed through the Turkish waters of the Bosphorous late on Tuesday evening (14 October) to begin a four-day training session in the Black Sea.

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    Two United States Navy guided missile destroyers sailed through the Turkish waters of the Bosphorous late on Tuesday evening (14 October) to begin a four-day training session in the Black Sea.

    Two huge ships, part of the United States' NATO force in southern Europe are taking part. The training session for DLG 26 USS Belknap and DD 837 USS Sarsfield will take the vessels close to Soviet waters.

    The exercise is part of a massive autumn NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organisation) operation in the area, code-named "Autumn Forge". Its intention is to test the ability of NATO Allied Command in Europe's vulnerable southern flank.

    The passage of the Bleknap and the Sarsfield through the Bosphorous took place one day before Turkey rejected a proposal by the United States to re-open U.S. bases in Turkey before both sides begin negotiations for a new defence agreement.

    Turkey closed the U.S. bases last year in retaliation for a U.S. embargo on arms supplies to Turkey following the Cyprus invasion. Earlier this month, the U.S. Congress agreed partially to lift the arms ban.

    SYNOPSIS: Two United States warships, the USS Belknap and the USS Sarsfield, sailed through the Turkish waters of the Bosphorous late on Tuesday to begin a four-day exercise in the Black Sea. The vessels -- both guided missile destroyers -- are part of the United States NATO fleet in Southern Europe. Their training session will take them close to Soviet waters.

    The operation involving the Belknap and the Sarsfield forms part of a major NATO autumn exercise to test its vulnerable southern flank. Massive marine and land operations have already been completed, mainly using Turkish troops.

    The passage of the two huge vessels into the black Sea -- and under the recently opened Bosphorous bridge -- came only hours before Turkey rejected United States' proposals to re-open U.S. bases in Turkey before both sides begin negotiating a new defence agreement. The Turkish government closed the bases last year after a U.S. arms embargo following the Cyprus invasion. The U.S. Congress this month agreed partially to lift the ban.

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    Film ID:
    VLVAAGT7Z8QBI66J34IYMUDSVOBKW
    Media URN:
    VLVAAGT7Z8QBI66J34IYMUDSVOBKW
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    15/10/1975
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:15:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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