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Title:OPERATIONS IN HMS EAGLE OFF PORT SAID [Allocated Title]
Film Number:ADM 1607
Other titles:POST-WAR NAVAL OPERATIONS - SUEZ [Allocated Series Title]
Summary: HMS Eagle launches ground attack strikes against Egyptian targets. Helicopters bring in casualties for treatment in the carrier's sick bay.
Description: I. Opening sequence showing HMS Eagle replenishing from the fleet supply ship HMS Retainer. Ammunition is transferred by jackstay. This sequence may have been shot on 4 November, after the initial strikes around Port Said, when Eagle withdrew to rendezvous with a fleet auxiliary operating in support of the task force south of Crete.
II. Air operations. HA over deck park of Wyverns and Sea Hawks. Rocket carrying Sea Hawk FGA.6s of 897 Squadron are launched for strikes against Egyptian airfields - only the port catapult is in use. Sea Venom FAW 21s of 893 Squadron are launched. HA sequence as a Whirlwind from HMS Albion lands on with a casualty, who is taken below on the forward lift to receive attention in the sickbay. HA.LSs over the flightdeck to fleet of support vessels at sea - crewmen line the side watching the ships - a Type 15 anti-submarine frigate passes right to left astern of Eagle. LS of the smoke pall hanging over Port Said, the town itself invisible over the horizon. Two stretcher-cases are brought up on the lift and flown off in one of Eagle's Whirlwinds.
Production Details: Admiralty (Production sponsor)
Personalities, Units and Organisations: Royal Navy, EAGLE (HMS), aircraft carrier (1946) (regiment/service)
Royal Navy, Fleet Air Arm, Sqdn 897 (regiment/service)
Royal Navy, Fleet Air Arm, Sqdn 893 (regiment/service)
Royal Navy, Retainer (regiment/service)
Keywords: ships, British naval - aircraft carrier, fleet: Eagle (object name)
ships, British auxiliary - supply: Retainer (object name)
aircraft, British naval - combat: Westland Wyvern & [-] (object name)
aircraft, British naval - combat: Hawker Sea Hawk (object name)
aircraft, British naval - combat: De Havilland Sea Venom (object name)
aircraft, British naval - helicopter: Westland Whirlwind (object name)
operations, British naval - routine: replenishment at sea (object name)
medical, British naval - movement: helicopter (object name)
operations, British naval air - sortie (object name)
Suez Crisis & Operation Musketeer & 11/1956 (event)
Technical Details: Format: 35mm
Number of items/reels/tapes: 1
Footage: 601 ft; Running time: 7 mins
Notes: Summary: for the Suez operation, 897 Squadron exchanged its Sea Hawk FB.3s for the FGA.4s and FGA.6s of 895 Squadron, the aircraft retaining their former codes. During the initial strikes of 1-3 November Eagle's starboard catapult was out of action, and it was not repaired until the break for replenishment on 4 November