Thirteen ships of the British Mediterranean Fleet arrived Istanbul, Turkey, July 9 for a week's courtesy visit.
GTV. Istanbul Harbour with British Fleet
LV. Admiral Bingley out of car and salutes
SV. Turkish Admiral meets Bingley
SV. Admiral Bingley says wreath in Taksim square
CU. Bingley salutes
SV. Band playing
GV. Admiral walks away from Barbaros statue
CU. Admiral Bingley steps on to motor boat
GV. Motor boat leaves to return Admiral to ship
LV. School children board navy launch
GV. Children arrive
GV. Passing British ships
GV. Approaching H.M.S.Birmingham
TV. Children board the above ship
LV. Children play on deck
LV Two children in model plane
TV. Children on roundabout
CU. Sailor with small girl
GV. Ships in harbour
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Background: 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.