At Port Gentil, Gabon's second city, President Albert Bongo watched as the Gabonese Armed Forces held combined military manoeuvres with units of their French counterparts.
SV President Bongo greets French officers
LV Two FICO French aircraft flying over (2 shots)
SV Bongo looks through binoculars
LV Parachute drop
SV Bongo & others on reviewing stand
SVs Parachute units on manoeuvres on ground (3 shots)
SV President Bongo & motorcade arrive for parade
SV Bongo reviews Honour Guard & taking salute (3 shots)
SV Bongo decorates French officer
SV Paratroopers march past
SV Naval forces march past
SV French contingent marches past.
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Background: At Port Gentil, Gabon's second city, President Albert Bongo watched as the Gabonese Armed Forces held combined military manoeuvres with units of their French counterparts. Police units played the part of "invading" commandoes staging an attack on Gabonese oil installations defended by the combined forces. The manoeuvres lasted from January 19th to 23rd, and on the final day a full military parade was held with all the "embattled" contingents taking part.
Taking part were a squadron of French F100 hunter aircraft--which came from France especially for the occasion. Then, heavy transports of the "Transall" class, dropped French and Gabonese paratroopers into the field of action where they carried out "search-and-destroy" tactics against the "invaders".
President Bongo--who had worn camouflage combat uniform for the manoeuvres, wore more formal dress for the final day parade--which began with a review of the Guard of Honour formed by members of all the Armed forces, and by the official taking of the salute.
Decorations were presented by the President to French officers, before the march past began with units from the Gabonese Paratroop regiment. These were followed by the representatives of the Gabonese Navy and by the French contingents in fell nettle dress.