The Southern region of NATO's allied command was established officially i Naples when Admiral Robert Carney raised the American flag on board the USS Mount Olympus in Naples harbour in 1951.
SV PULL BACK TO GV Officers on deck of warship in harbour PAN TO soldiers on dock
SV PULL BACK TO GV from missile, PAN ACROSS TO Admiral Turner taking salute
GV PAN FORM Military band TO TOP VIEW of ceremony
SV PULL BACK TO GV NATO secretary-general Luns speaking
SV PAN Officers on ship TO missiles
GV Ceremony with missiles in foreground
Sir Peter Hill-Norton, chairman of NATO's military committee said that more than half of Western Europe's energy and raw materials had to pass around the Cape of Good Hope. He said that Soviet ships and aircraft based in Africa could do great damage to allied shipping around the continent in time of war. The NATO charter restricts the alliance's zone of interest at the Tropic of Cancer, which passes trough Morocco, thousands of miles to the north of the Cape. He said a "certain amount of disarray" in the southern region was caused by political quarrels between NATO members Greece and Turkey.
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Background: The Southern region of NATO's allied command was established officially i Naples when Admiral Robert Carney raised the American flag on board the USS Mount Olympus in Naples harbour in 1951.
SYNOPSIS: The 25th anniversary of NATO's Southern region was celebrated a ta ceremony in Naples on Saturday (16 October) in the presence of NATO secretary-general Joseph Luns. Italian Defence Minister Vito Lattanzio and Admiral Stansfield Turner, US naval commander in chief of AFSOUTH, the southern region of NATO's allied command.
In a speech during the ceremony, Admiral Turner thanked the people of the city of Naples for having given them hospitality during the 25 years.
AFSOUTH is the largest of NATO's three regions, stretching form Gibraltar to eastern Turkey and form the northern Italian border to the shores of North Africa. Forces form Turkey, Italy, Greece, the United Kingdom and the United States are based at AFSOUTH headquarters in Naples.
While NATO secretary-general Joseph Luns spoke to those assembled o the Naples harbour front, NATO's senior military commander, British Admiral of the Fleet, Sir Peter Hill-Norton told a ceremony in Rome that the Indian Ocean and the South Atlantic presented dangerous and potentially disastrous problems for NATO.