• Short Summary

    THE ROYAL NAVY FLEET SUBMARINE, HMS 'VALIANT' HAS JOINED THE NAVY'S MEDITERRANEAN FLEET AT GIBRALTAR FOLLOWING REPORTS OF A SIGNIFICANT BUILD-UP OF THE SOVIET NAVAL FORCE IN THE MEDITERRANEAN.

  • Description

    THE ROYAL NAVY FLEET SUBMARINE, HMS 'VALIANT' HAS JOINED THE NAVY'S MEDITERRANEAN FLEET AT GIBRALTAR FOLLOWING REPORTS OF A SIGNIFICANT BUILD-UP OF THE SOVIET NAVAL FORCE IN THE MEDITERRANEAN.

    THE NUCLEAR POWERED SUBMARINE, COMPLETED IN 1966, IS OF THE HUNTER-KILLER VARIETY, AND THE FLEET SHE HAS JOINED IS THE LARGEST POSITIONED BY BRITAIN IN THE MEDITERRANEAN FOR SEVERAL YEARS.

    THERE ARE NOW EIGHTEEN ROYAL NAVY VESSELS BASED AT GIBRALTAR, THE STATION FOR THE MEDITERRANEAN FLEET. THEY INCLUDE MISSILE DESTROYERS, A COMMANDO CARRIER, AND A SUPPORT VESSEL OF THE FEARLESS TYPE. THERE IS ALSO SQUADRON OF LONG-RANGE SHACKLETON RECONNAISSANCE AIRCRAFT, OPERATING FROM MALTA.

    WHILE AT GIBRALTAR, ROYAL NAVY OFFICIALS PERMITTED VISNEWS CAMERA TEAM TO FILM THE INTERIOR OF THE SUBMARINE, PREVIOUSLY RESTRICTED FOR SECURITY REASONS. HOWEVER, CERTAIN AREAS OF THE VESSEL ARE STILL RESTRICTED AND SOME EQUIPMENT REMAINS UNDER COVER. THE VESSEL'S SOLE ARMAMENT IF TORPEDOES OF A HOMING TYPE.

    THE 'VALIANT', SMALLER THAN THE BETTER KNOWN POLARIS TYPE, HAS AN ALMOST UNLIMITED RANGE WHEN SUBMERGED, EQUIPPED WITH POWERFUL UNDERWATER RADAR, THE SUBMARINE WILL BE ABLE TO MONITOR NAVAL MOVEMENTS WITHIN THE MEDITERRANEAN WITH A MINIMUM NEED FOR DEPOT FACILITIES.

    THE VESSEL HAS A CREW OF 95, INCLUDING ELEVEN OFFICERS. ACCOMMODATION IS DESCRIBED AS LIMITED BUT COMFORTABLE, AND AMENITIES INCLUDED A LIBRARY, A CINEMA AND A RESTAURANT-TYPE MESSES.

    THE 'VALIANT' IS SHORTLY TO JOIN THE REMAINDER OF THE MEDITERRANEAN FLEET ON MANOEUVRES IN THE EASTERN MEDITERRANEAN.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVAMDRH7SZ0FHDQOWKOCT40MMSB
    Media URN:
    VLVAMDRH7SZ0FHDQOWKOCT40MMSB
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    30/10/1968
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:02:20:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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