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    The first salute to the "Stars and Stripes" by a foreign nation was received by Captain John Paul Jones aboard the sloop-of-war, Banger, nearly 200 years ago of the northwest coast of France.

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    The first salute to the "Stars and Stripes" by a foreign nation was received by Captain John Paul Jones aboard the sloop-of-war, Banger, nearly 200 years ago of the northwest coast of France. On Saturday (14 February) ships of the United States and French navies will commemorate the event as part of America's bicentennial celebrations.

    Two U.S. Navy frigates, USS VALDEZ and USS JESSE L.BROWN, and two French destroyers, DUPETIT-THOUARS and DUGUAY-TROUIN, arrived in position for the ceremony on Wednesday (11 February).

    They will exchange gun salutes within sight of the ancient land batteries and fortresses on the French coast at Brest and neat Quiberon Bay.

    An exchange of salutes between U.S. warships and French men-of-war at Quiberon Bay on 14 February, 1778, recognised not only the "Stars and Stripes" as the ensign of an independent nation but also the alliance between France and the United States which had been signed two weeks earlier.

    During the re-enactment of the historical salute on Saturday, French naval officials, civic representatives from the Quiberon Bay area and local dignitaries from Brest will be on board the U.S. navy ships.

    SYNOPSIS: Two U.S. Navy frigates, USS VALDEZ AND USS JESSE L.BROWN, and two French destroyers, DUPETIT-THOUARS and DUGUAY-THOUIN, have taken up positions near Quiberon Bay, France, to take part in ceremonies marking the 200th anniversary of American Independence. They will exchange gun salutes within sight of the ancient land batteries and fortresses on the French coast at Brest.

    The first salute to the "Stars and Stripes" by a foreign nation was received aboard the sloop-of-war, Ranger, nearly 200 years ago, off the northwest coast of France.

    The exchange of salutes between the U.S. warships and the French men-of-war in 1778 recognised not only the "Stars and Stripes" as the ensign of an independent nation but also the alliance between France and the United States which had been signed two weeks earlier.

    During the re-enactment of the historical salute on Saturday, French naval officials, civic representatives from the Quiberon area and local dignitaries from Brest will be on board the U.S. navy ships.

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    Film ID:
    VLVACHID9YXH5G2ZLND70QNZRC5RO
    Media URN:
    VLVACHID9YXH5G2ZLND70QNZRC5RO
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    13/02/1976
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:16:00
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    Canister:
    N/A

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