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British Mediterranean Fleet Arrives in Haifa for Five-day Visit

Officers and crews of the British Mediterranean Fleet were guests of the City of Haifa today, after the Fleet sailed into this harbor for an official, five-day visit.

The fleet fired a salvo of 21 guns in salute as it entered the harbor led by HMS Surprise, commanded by Admiral Alexander Bingly. The Israeli Navy returned the traditional 17-gun salute.

Admiral Bingly held a press conference aboard his flagship, then came ashore and left immediately for Tel Aviv, to meet Gen. Haim Laskov, chief of staff of the Israel Defence Forces. All officers and crews of the fleet will be official guests of the city and the Navy during their entire stay here.