Thirteen ships of the British Mediterranean Fleet arrived Istanbul, Turkey, July 9 for a week's courtesy visit.
Thirteen ships of the British Mediterranean Fleet arrived Istanbul, Turkey, July 9 for a week's courtesy visit. The Fleet, under the command of Admiral Sir Alexander Bingley, includes the flagship H.M.S.Birmingham, 9,100-ton - one of the Navy's 14 remaining cruisers. Six destroyers - Dainty, Defender, Delight, Battleaxe, Armada and Camperdown are among the visiting ships.
The sailors on the first day visited Istanbul's Taksim square to lay a wreath to the war dead. Admiral Bingley left by car to visit the statue of Barbaros in Besiktas.
Later in the day, the men aboard Birmingham gave a children's party., The youngsters arrived by motorboats.
Birmingham and the 2,610-ton destroyer, Delight, were in the news July 6 when two seamen on the cruiser died from asphyxia while investigating watertight compartments on the ship. Birmingham was in a slight collision with the destroyer during a routine exercise near Malta when the incident occured.
The ships leave Istanbul July 14 for Greece.