Units of the Royal Navy headed home from the Suez Canal on Friday (1 November) after completing their part of a massive operation to clear the canal of debris accumulated since Middle East war of 1967.
GV AND LV Navy ships tie up. (2 shots)
CU Sign on vehicles "Royal Navy".
SV Egyptians watch.
LV Naval contingent comes to attention.
CU Scoots pipers at attention.
SV Rear Admiral Ahmed Fouad inspects contingent.
SV Admiral walks off. (2 shots)
GV PAN DOWN FROM R.N. Helicopter to HMS Abdiel moving off.
SV Two pipers on Abdiel superstructure.
LV Ship moves out as pipers play.
SV Signal flags.
LV Ship moves off. (3 shots)
GV Ship moves up canal.
LV PAN FROM Canal bank to barrage across canal.
LV AND SV People in row boat watch as ship passes through barrage. (3 shots)
Initials VS 20.55 VS 21.13
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Background: Units of the Royal Navy headed home from the Suez Canal on Friday (1 November) after completing their part of a massive operation to clear the canal of debris accumulated since Middle East war of 1967.
Killed pipers of the Royal Scots Regiment -- brought in specially for the occasion -- played as support ship, HMS Abdiel and minesweepers, Wilton and Maxton, slipped noorings at Ismailia, reversed into Lake Timsah and made their way towards the canal they helped to clear.
Before they left, the Egyptian officer in overall charge of the international clearing operation, Rear Admiral Ahmed Fouad, paid tribute to the men of the Royal Navy for the work they had done.
The Royal Navy had spent even months clearing the canal. The operation turned up thousands of pieces of war debris -- sticks of gelignite, unexploded missiles, mines, grenades, ammunition, heavy bombs, wreaked aircraft, tanks, pontoon bridges, human bodies and small ships.
The clearing programme is to be completed by American, French, Soviet and Egyptian teams, which are to comb the area covered by the British to pick up any overlooked debris.
The Suez Canal Authority has declined to give a date for the re-opening of the canal, but has expressed hope that it will be sometime in the first half of 1975. The Authority said it expected that ships trapped in the Bitter Lakes area of the canal would sail out by end of the year.
The Authority is supervising a massive operation, which will turn the Suez Canal area into the most important industrial, commercial and tourist complex in the Middle East.