• Short Summary

    OFF THE EAST COAST OF MALAYSIA RECENTLY, HMS INTREPID, THE ROYAL NAVY'S NEWEST ASSAULT HEADQUARTERS SHIP, AND HMS SIR LANCELOT, A LANDING SHIP, WERE CARRYING OUT AN EXERCISE IN WHICH THEY REHEARSED THEIR PART AS TRANSPORTERS OF TROOPS REINFORCEMENT, TANKS, ARTILLERY AND VEHICLES INTO FIGHTING AREAS.

  • Description

    OFF THE EAST COAST OF MALAYSIA RECENTLY, HMS INTREPID, THE ROYAL NAVY'S NEWEST ASSAULT HEADQUARTERS SHIP, AND HMS SIR LANCELOT, A LANDING SHIP, WERE CARRYING OUT AN EXERCISE IN WHICH THEY REHEARSED THEIR PART AS TRANSPORTERS OF TROOPS REINFORCEMENT, TANKS, ARTILLERY AND VEHICLES INTO FIGHTING AREAS.

    BOTH THESE SHIPS ARE AT PRESENT TAKING PART IN EXERCISE "CORAL SANDS", - THE MOST EXTENSIVE OF ITS KIND TO TAKE PLACE IN SOUTH-EAST ASIA SINCE THE SECOND WORLD WAR, INVOLVING AUSTRALIAN, NEW ZEALAND, BRITISH AND AMERICAN WARSHIPS AND AIRCRAFT.

    THE INTREPID IS EQUIPPED TO CONTROL LANDINGS AT BATTALION STRENGTH OR MORE, WITH A JOINT OPERATIONS ROOM IN WHICH THE NAVAL AND LAND FORCE COMMANDERS WORK SIDE BY SIDE. SHE HAS A FLIGHT DECK WHICH CAN OPERATE EITHER SIOUX HELICOPTERS OR THE LARGER WESSEX TYPE.

    SIR LANCELOT IS A LANDING SHIP WHICH CAN CARRY ADDITIONAL TROOPS AND VEHICLES. THEY CAN BE BROUGHT ASHORE BY LANDING CRAFT FROM THE INTREPID.

    A UNIQUE FEATURE OF THE SHIPS IS THE DOCK AFI, IN AND OUT OF WHICH CAN "SWIM" LANDING CRAFT CARRYING HEAVY VEHICLES, OR UP TO TWO CENTURION TANKS.

    IN THE RECENT EXERCISE, BEACH TRACK LAYING VEHICLES WERE USED, - ALSO HOVERCRAFT.

    IN EXERCISE "CORAL SANDS", THE INTREPID PLAYED AN IMPORTANT PART TODAY (SUNDAY) IN THE LANDING OF THE CRACK BRITISH COMMANDOS BROUGHT IN FROM SINGAPORE TO COUNTER-ATTACK THE "INVADING" GHURKA FORCE ENTRENCHED IN CENTRAL QUEENSLAND.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVADA2WF1J2T26OV803SDGFOS9AZ
    Media URN:
    VLVADA2WF1J2T26OV803SDGFOS9AZ
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    06/10/1968
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:27:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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