• Short Summary

    Thirteen ships of the British Mediterranean Fleet arrived Istanbul, Turkey, July 9 for a week's courtesy visit.

  • Description

    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.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVACP60111LR2MB7578O5ZMDHWAU
    Media URN:
    VLVACP60111LR2MB7578O5ZMDHWAU
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    13/07/1959
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:34:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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