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    The Philippines' President Ferdinand Marcos said on Monday (18 February) that a new balance of power was emerging in the Western Pacific.

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    GV United States Naval Headquarters at Subic Sitner
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    GV Philippines and U.S. flags
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    GV Gun installations on quayside
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    GV PAN ACROSS Harbour TO warship
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    GV U.S. jeeps on quayside ZOOM TO CU U.S.S.Okinawa
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    GV U.S. Marines prepare to embark (3 shots)
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    GV Helicopter hovering above flight deck and landing (2 shots)
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    GV U.S. helicopter arrives to pick up troops from land-based airstrip
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    GV Two helicopters fly across U.S. warships in bay
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    Background: The Philippines' President Ferdinand Marcos said on Monday (18 February) that a new balance of power was emerging in the Western Pacific. He was speaking at the Military Academy shortly after talks with U.S. Assistant Secretary of States, Richard Holbrooke. He said America, Japan, and China were drawing closer together in response to the growth of Soviet influence in Asia. President Carter has ordered a U.S. naval task force from the Philippines to patrol the Indian Ocean and the Gulf, to counter the Soviet military build up in Afghanistan.

    SYNOPSIS: The 18 hundred marines were on exercise at Subic Bay naval base, north of Manila. They are equipped with 18 helicopters, assault vehicles, M60 tanks, anti-tank missiles and howitzers. The task force includes the assault vessel U.S.S. Okinawa, the tank landing ship, U.S.S. San Bernadino, a cargo vessel and amphibious craft.

    They will join twenty other warships, including two aircraft carriers, patrolling the Gulf. The White House has emphasised that the deployment was not a response to the continuing occupation on the U.S. Embassy in Teheran, but a reflection of Washington's concern at the Soviet military intervention in neighbouring Afghanistan, and increasing Soviet influence in South Yemen.

    The strengthening Soviet presence in t Indian Ocean is considered by the United States to be a threat to vital oil supplies. More than a hundred tankers a day pass into the Gulf, through the narrow Straits of Hormuz. Five Krivak class destroyers are now based at Aden and western military experts believe ten more Soviet warships are steaming to the area.

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    Film ID:
    VLVABTFXSWQTEJ96DFUM5A4JC1DHL
    Media URN:
    VLVABTFXSWQTEJ96DFUM5A4JC1DHL
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    18/02/1980
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:20:00
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