SECRETARY OF STATE FOR DEFENCE DES BROWNE MP VISITS IRAQ, MAY 2006 (TAPE 1) [Allocated Title]
Des Browne, newly-appointed Secretary of State, visits British forces.
Des Browne, with senior officers, flies by helicopter from Basra Air Station to Basra Palace where he meets members of the Royal Anglian Regiment and is shown a display of weapons. He watches a demonstration of baton rounds and visits soldiers in the mess. Later, he takes a trip in an assault boat on the Shatt al-Arab, passing the wrecks of ships. He visits the British base at the Shatt al-Arab Hotel (welcomed by a fanfare by the Light Infantry) where he poses for photographs before going on a tour.