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NATO ONC and TPC air charts of the Seychelles, extending to northern Madagascar
NATO ONC and TPC air charts of the Seychelles, extending to northern Madagascar

 

NATO air charts are not printed for areas which feature only ocean. This map is composed of those TPC 1:500,000 air charts which are available, and added to them are the ONC 1:1,000,000 air charts which extend that coverage West back toward the coast of Africa. This image is only 800px wide, the actual JPG is gigantic.

 

Kate NATO inter-chart relationship ONC M-7, ONC M-8 , ONC N-7 Seychelles
NATO air chart inter-chart relationship ONC M-6, M-7, M-8 , ONC N-7 Seychelles

 

 

1950s

In 1958-APR Ian Fleming underwent the long journey to the Seychelles which consisted of a twenty-four flight from London to Bombay and a four day journey across the Indian Ocean by ship. Traditionally, the British Empire's Indian Ocean possessions had been run out of the India Office. This continued even after the opening of the Suez Canal which put places like Aden, Oman, the Trucial States and Bahrain closer to London on the sea voyage than India itself.

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From The Man with the Golden Typewriter by Fergus Fleming:

Fleming was at the top of his game. Goldfinger was full of energy and the longest of his novels. But his personal life was becoming ragged, his relationship with Ann having reached a state that could kindly be described as one of mutual bewilderment. Increasingly they went their separate ways, which in Fleming’s case took the form of a prolonged trip to the Seychelles in April 1958.
   He was travelling on journalistic business for the Sunday Times, the object being to report on a treasure hunt – not just a haphazard quest like his metal-detecting efforts at Creake Abbey in 1953 but the genuine, copper-bottomed article supported by maps, historical research and a share issue with a potential return of £120 million. That the prospector (an ex-officer at Buckingham Palace) genuinely believed he was on to something, and did so with a fervour that by most standards would classify him as mildly insane, made it all the more enticing. The shareholders alone were of interest. As Fleming wrote of one: ‘In 1938 an elephant knelt on his left leg while a tigress chewed off his right. But that is how it is in this story. Even the smallest walk-on parts have a touch of the bizarre.’
   Getting to the Seychelles was itself an adventure, involving a twenty-four-hour flight to Bombay followed by a four-day journey by ship. Fleming was delighted by the fact that as they neared shore they were greeted not by seagulls but a large bat. And when filling out the customs declaration, ‘Instead of the usual warning about importing alcohol, agricultural machinery and parrots, I was cautioned that “Passengers must specifically state if they have in their possession OPIATES, ARMS AND AMMUNITION, BASE OR COUNTERFEIT COINS.’ The treasure hunt fitted perfectly into this scenario, carrying as it did a whiff of skulduggery, piracy and subterfuge. But it was the Seychelles themselves that took centre stage. Fleming was absorbed by their colourful history and the eccentric lives of their inhabitants. He noted that the cathedral clock struck twice in case people hadn’t heard it the first time, that it was an offence to carry more than one coconut, and that a local paper had just recorded the case of Regina v Archange Michel (indecent assault). ‘What do you make of that?’ he wrote.
   The flora and fauna were equally theatrical, including sang-dragon trees that oozed red sap when cut, cowries twice the size of golf balls that glittered like aquatic jewels, emerald lizards with blood-red toenails, and white terns that flew out to sea in pairs, seemingly with locked arms ‘like perfect skaters on a giant rink of blue ice’. Best of all was the ‘Vallai de Mai’ – which no less an authority than Gordon of Khartoum had located as the Garden of Eden – whose trees bore fruit and flowers that were, as Fleming explained, of ‘grotesque impudicity [. . .] When it is dark, they say that the trees march down to the sea and bathe and then march back up the valley and make massive love under the moon. I can well believe it.’
   The result was published in three consecutive issues of the Sunday Times under the title ‘Treasure Hunt in Eden’. Part travelogue, part mystery story and part paean to a romantic outpost on the rim of the British Empire, every paragraph shone with enthusiasm. It was one of his finest pieces of journalism, yet one that for all its energy carried a wistful coda. ‘I could convey no picture of these treasure islands,’ he wrote, ‘without explaining that the bizarre is the norm of a visitor’s life and the vivid highlights of the Seychelles are in extraordinary contrast to the creeping drabness, the lowest-common-denominator atmosphere that is rapidly engulfing us in Britain.’

 

 

 

 

1980s

In the 1980s, there had been a Communist Coup in the Seychelles and the outgoing president had decided to finance a coup by return. He had hired the mercenary Mad Mike Hoare Wikipedia - Mad Mike Hoare, who was highly experienced in this field and in African politics in general and a coup was planned and staged. It would almost certainly have been successful but for a minor incident at the airport created by an unrelated passenger. The shooting started prematurely and through a series of events which would stretch the reader's credulity if written into fiction, the coup failed and Hoare and his mercenaries escaped on an Air India 707 back to South Africa. This was not Hoare's most dangerous adventure in the Seychelles, however. This took place some years earlier while sailing his yacht between the islands. The yacht was capsized by a unusual atmospheric phenomena which occurs at dusk in the islands. Hoare clung to the top of the mast which just protruded from the water. After many hours the certainty of their death either from exposure or the circling sharks had overcome them when they saw some native canoes coming toward them through the dark. Someone had observed their sail and its sudden disappearance several hours earlier and come to investigate.

The Seychelles Affaire by Mike Hoare published by CORGI ISBN 0552 12890 2

Hoare relates his discussion on the fate of the Communist president of the Seychelles, page 57.5:

 

"Two points which were raised in my talks with Frichot were of interest. This first is one which invariably occurs when dealing with politicians involved in a proposed coup. What is to be done with the present office-bearers ? Are they to live or to die ? Or to go to prison ? Most of the insurgents I have known are inordinately fierce at this stage. Being far from the battle they invariably counsel sudden death for their hated rivals. This, they explain, is the most humane thing that can happen. But naturally they want no hand in the actual shedding of blood. In practice these things are somewhat different and seem to be governed by a set of Queensbury Rules unique to the African scene. It very seldom happens that a president or prime minister removed from office by a coup d'état is killed out of hand or brought back from exile to face the music. There seems to be some unwritten agreement that allows him to retire gracefully to a foreign country where he may enjoy the fruits of his Swiss bank account in peace for the rest of his days. In the past, whenever my opinion has been asked on this point, I have taken pains to point out that the fate of their political opponents falls strictly within the purview and is not a matter for mere soldiers. It is was not so, I could assure them there might be a drastic reduction in the muster roll of politicians fouling up the scene in Africa today !"

 

Hoare has landed at the airport and after an incident in customs, the assault has gone off prematurly. They are now in a fire-fight at the airport, page 117.3:

 


   "Barney and I raced off towards the barracks. As we came opposite the house used by the Tanzanians a few bursts of fire passed harmlessly over the top of us. 'Why do African troops always shoot high, Colonel ?' he asked me nonchalantly as he steered around some ruts in the road. 'Don't know,' I said. 'Just thank God they do'."

 

Hoare's men easily repel and attack by Tanzanian mercenaries, page 125.7:

 


   "About two-hundred yards from our position the infantry climbed out and advanced in line abreast! Paddy Hendrikse with two men made their way down one side of the runway through the thick bush to take them in enfilade. Unfortunately, some ill-disciplined wretch in the stop section opened fire on the advancing men too soon, whereupon they dropped their arms, abandoned their lorries, leaving one actually on the runway, and fled. We sent out a patrol to pick up the arms, all AKs. That was the sum total of the fight the Tanzanians put up. We never heard of them again."

 

Armaments captured during the abortive coup in the Seychelles led by Mad Mike Hoare
Armaments captured during the abortive coup in the Seychelles

On location i the Transvaal, South Africa "The Wild Geese" Mad Mike Hoare and Andrew McLaglen
On location for The Wild Geese (1978) Wikipedia - The Wild Geese (1978) in the Transvaal, South Africa, Mad Mike Hoare Wikipedia - Mad Mike Hoare and Andrew McLaglen Wikipedia - Andew McLagle. Tullio Moneta Link - Tullio Moneta, actor and mercenary, another colleague of Mike Hoare, also advised on the production of the motion picture.

 

 

 

 

 

Karte NATO TPC M-7D Seychelles
TPC M-7D

 

NATO air chart TPC   M-7A, M-7D, M-6C, Seychelles
NATO air chart TPC M-7A, M-7D, M-6C, Seychelles. This was TPC M-7A and TPC M-7D spliced together. As ever, the place of interest, the Seychelles is on the edge of a map, although the main islands on are on TPC M-7D toward the top edge.

 

 

NATO air chart ONC M6,M7,N6,N7, Seychelles, northern Madagascar
NATO air chart ONC M6,M7,N6,N7, Seychelles, northern Madagascar. This was composed of four of the 1:1,000,000 air charts spliced together. The full size JPG image of four ONC charts is 17,620 pixels wide by 12,336 pixels deep and is 87MB in size on the disk. If you printed it out, it would cover a double-bed.

 

 

 

 

Diagram of the NATO ONC and TPC air charts which cover the Seychelles
Diagram of the NATO ONC and TPC air charts which cover the Seychelles

NATO ONC TPC air chart index, section Seychelles, Indian Ocean
NATO ONC TPC air chart index, section Seychelles, Indian Ocean

Kate NATO inter-chart relationship ONC M-7, ONC M-8 , ONC N-7 Seychelles
NATO air chart inter-chart relationship ONC M-6, M-7, M-8 , ONC N-7 Seychelles

 

 

NATO ONC and TPC air charts of the Seychelles, extending to northern Madagascar
NATO ONC and TPC air charts of the Seychelles, extending to northern Madagascar. The full size file is 121MB.

 

 

NATO Air Chart TPC Seychelles
TPC M-7A and M-7D

Admiralty Chart - Arabian Sea Red Sea Indian Ocean - Anti-Piracy Planning
Admiralty Chart: Indian Ocean, Gulf of Aden: Anti-piracy planning

 

 

 

 

 

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+ BIBLIOGRAPHY

- The Seychelles Affaire by Mike Hoare published by Bantam 1986 ISBN 0 552 12890 2 - The story of the attempt to reverse the Communist takeover in the Seychelles.

- Three Years with Sylvia by Mike Hoare published by Robert Hale 1977 ISBN 0 7091 6194 8 - Hoare's tales of his nautical adventures in his yacht Syliva.

 

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