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Other titles:ROYAL NAVY VIDEOS: 1990s [Allocated Series Title]
Summary: Unedited coverage of the goodwill visit by the Type 22 Frigate HMS London (F95) to Albania.
Description: (Tape 1) Scenes include RAS (replenishment at sea) with US auxiliary vessel; ship's entry into Durrës, Admiral inspecting guard on jetty and work starting on kindergarten.
(Tape 2) Work restoring the kindergarten in Tirana; also flight through mountains and shots of village square (possibly Peshkopi).
(Tape 3) Scenes include hospital shots, helicopter landing in town square (Tirana ?), unloading and delivering equipment, aircrew in hospital, flight over towns and villages and handover of around thirty bags of clothes in village by members of 849 Naval Air Squadron.
(Tape 4) Further shots of the handover of clothes to villagers; also handed over are photographs of Brentnor in Devon (where most of the clothes were collected. Photocall by a "Feed the Children" van. Scenes of kindergarten being painted and repaired. Interview with Commander about the mission (clothes originally planned for delivery to Bosnia; the destination was changed to Albania to tie in with HMS London's visit). Interview with Chief Petty Officer John "Chippy" Brown about his work renovating the kindergarten.
(Tape 5) I. Interview with Commanding Officer about HMS London's goodwill visit to Albania, and the "hearts and minds" work being carried out while in the country (handover of clothes to poor Albanians, delivery of blankets and heaters to Peshkopi, refurbishment of kindergarten in Tirana); also interviews with Lieutenant Anthony Johnson (Observer) about training and associated matters, and with Lieutenant-Colonel Mike Broughton (Flight Commander) about the role of helicopters during the visit. Final scenes are general views of an Albanian village, including sailors visiting a rug-maker.