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Title:HMS ROYAL SOVEREIGN AND SUBMARINES ARE TRANSFERRED TO THE SOVIET NAVY [Allocated Title]
Film Number:ADM 1308
Other titles:THE ROYAL NAVY IN NORTHERN AND ATLANTIC WATERS [Allocated Series Title]
Summary: HMS Royal Sovereign and four submarines are transferred to the Soviet Navy after a short commissioning ceremony on the battleship's quarterdeck.
Description: Cameracraft circles the Arkhangelsk (ex-Royal Sovereign) as she lies at Rosyth with submarines alongside - the battleship is flying a large Russian ensign and her Soviet crew wave from the deck. Cut to scene on the battleship before the transfer - a Soviet Rear-Admiral comes onboard followed by less senior Russian officers. Admiral Ford, C-in-C Rosyth, comes onboard, greets Captain Peachey, the Rear-Admiral and Vice-Admiral Levchenko, and is introduced to the other Russians. Ford is followed by Admiral Kennedy-Purvis and the introductions are repeated. M Gusev, the Russian ambassador, inspects the RM Guard of Honour. With all the dignitaries gathered on the quarterdeck, Kennedy-Purvis makes a brief speech to which the ambassador replies - in both cases translation is provided by Lieutenant Berry RNVR. The White Ensign is hauled down and the Russian ensign hoisted. HA to the Russian crews fell in on the decks of the submarines alongside - the lowered ensigns are carefully folded up. CU of a rating of the Northern Fleet standing ready to strike Royal Sovereign's bell. British sailors on the battleship march off in a body.
Production Details: Admiralty (Production sponsor)
Personalities, Units and Organisations: Kennedy-Purvis, Charles Edward (person)
Ford, Wilbraham Tennyson Randle (person)
Peachey, Allan Thomas George Cumberland (person)
Berry, A (person)
Levchenko, Gordey Ivanovich (person)
Gusev, Fedor Tarasovich (person)
Davies, A C (person)
Iosseliani, Yaroslav Konstantinovich (person)
Bartlett, H J (person)
Fisanovich, Israel Ilyich (person)
Royal Navy, Royal Sovereign (regiment/service)
Royal Navy, Sunfish (regiment/service)
Royal Navy, Ursula (regiment/service)
Soviet Navy, Arkhangelsk (regiment/service)
Soviet Navy, B.1 (regiment/service)
Soviet Navy, B.4 (regiment/service)