• Short Summary

    The Supreme Allied Commander of the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO) in Europe, General Alexander Haig, attended a ceremony near London on Thursday 10 April) to mark the appointment of a Commander-in-Chief for British Air Forces within the NATO Command.

  • Description

    The Supreme Allied Commander of the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO) in Europe, General Alexander Haig, attended a ceremony near London on Thursday 10 April) to mark the appointment of a Commander-in-Chief for British Air Forces within the NATO Command.

    It's the first time a United Kingdom NATO Command has been formed since the alliance was established in April, 1949.

    The new commander is Air Chief Marshal Sir Denis Smallwood, who already is the Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief of the Royal Air Force's Strike Command. This gives him command of all the RAF's operational forces in Britain.

    NATO sees the creation of the new post as a strengthening of the alliance through the important of organisation.

    It will enable RAF aircraft to be deployed earlier than before and give greater flexibility to NATO's response to hostile action.

    At a news conference, after the ceremony, General Haig was asked if he had said last week that there were confidential agreements between the United States and South Vietnam. The general said he did not want to add anything to a statement he had issued that morning.

    In the statement, General Haig denied having said that the United States had secret understandings with President Thieu.

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    Film ID:
    VLVABF7YYGA99ZIY76D2IRO43J5YW
    Media URN:
    VLVABF7YYGA99ZIY76D2IRO43J5YW
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    10/04/1975
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:47:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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