• Short Summary

    JAPAN'S POST-WAR NAVY HAS STAGED THE BIGGEST FLEET REVIEW SINCE BEFORE THE SECOND WORLD WAR.?

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    JAPAN'S POST-WAR NAVY HAS STAGED THE BIGGEST FLEET REVIEW SINCE BEFORE THE SECOND WORLD WAR. IT WAS HELD LAST WEDNESDAY IN OSAKA BAY WHEN 49 SHIPS SAILED PAST IN A 10 MILES (17 KMS) LONG COLUMN TO MARK THE 15TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE CREATION OF THE MARITIME SELF-DEFENCE FORCE.

    WAVES OF AIRCRAFT ROARED OVERHEAD AS JAPANESE OFFICIALS AND NAVAL ATTACHES OF 12 COUNTRIES, INCLUDING BRITAIN, THE UNITED STATES AND THE SOVIET UNION, REVIEWED THE FLEET. ON SHOW WERE DESTROYERS, FRIGATES, MINESWEEPERS AND SUBMARINES; NO REVOLUTIONARY CRAFT, BUT MODERN, CONVENTIONAL CRAFT DESCRIBED AS BEING EQUAL TO ANY IN THE WORLD.

    MR MATSUNO, MINISTER FOR THE DEFENCE AGENCY, TOOK THE SALUTE ABOARD THE JAPANESE FLAGSHIP, AMATSUKAZE, A 3000 TON GUIDED-MISSILE DESTROYER. THIS VESSEL LED THE REVIEWING FORCE OF FIVE SHIPS WHICH CARRIED THE NAVAL ATTACHES.

    THE RE-BIRTH OF THE JAPANESE NAVY TOOK PLACE IN 1950 IN ACCORDANCE WITH JAPAN'S POST-WAR 'PEACE CONSTITUTION', ORDAINING THAT ITS ARMED FORCES BE USED ONLY FOR TERRITORIAL DEFENCE. THE MARITIME SELF-DEFENCE FORCE WAS ESTABLISHED TWO YEARS LATER WITH THE ENGAGEMENT OF FORMER IMPERIAL NAVY OFFICERS TO HELP MOULD THE SHAPE OF THE PEACE-TIME FLEET.

    (JAPAN'S NAVY TODAY NUMBER 165 SHIPS RANGING FROM 3000-TON DESTROYERS TO TUGS. THERE ARE NEARLY 35,000 OFFICERS AND MEN SERVING WITH THE FORCE, WHICH BOASTS A TOTAL TONNAGE OF ABOUT 120,000 TONS. THIS IS LESS THAN THE COMBINED TONNAGE OF JAPAN'S TWO BIGGEST CAPITAL SHIPS IN WORLD WAR TWO, THE BATTLESHIPS YAMATO AND MUSASHI WERE 72,000 TONS EACH.)

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    Film ID:
    VLVABV5FXZBTMX66JBSO5U2226HTE
    Media URN:
    VLVABV5FXZBTMX66JBSO5U2226HTE
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    07/11/1965
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:31:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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