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Title:EXERCISE PURPLE STAR, USA, APRIL-MAY 1996: ROYAL NAVY FOOTAGE [Allocated Title]
Film Number:ADM 6576
Other titles:ROYAL NAVY VIDEOS: 1990s [Allocated Series Title]
Summary: Miscellaneous coverage, mainly unedited, of the CJTF (Combined Joint Task Force) Exercise Purple Star, held in North Carolina in 1996 and involving the armed forces of the United Kingdom and the United States.
Description: (Tape 1) Introductory piece to camera by Admiral Sir Peter Abbot, C-in-C Fleet, in which he describes the background to Exercise Purple Star, which is being held in cooperation with US forces. Shot at Joint Command Northwood. (15 mins ca)
(Tape 2) Scenes include helicopter and Sea Harrier shots (on HMS Illustrious ?), interview with Rear Admiral Sir Alan West, Task Group shots (including submarine HMS Trenchant) and replenishment at sea with RFA Fort Grange. (First of three tapes labelled "Original".)
(Tape 3) Scenes include aerial shots of HMS Illustrious and the Task Group in the mid Atlantic. (Second of three tapes labelled "Original".)
(Tape 4) Scenes include helicopter shots, ships in group and RAS (replenishment at sea) with RFA Fort George. (Third of three tapes labelled "Original".)
(Tape 5) Scenes include helicopters, shots of politicians, air display, CH46 Sea Knight helicopter and aerial shots of ship.
(Tape 6) Scenes include FIBUA (fighting in built-up areas) and rapid roping helicopter drills.
(Tape 7) Scenes include night shots, dawn and early morning landings and Michael Portillo observing.
(Tapes 8-12) Miscellaneous unedited scenes.
Production Details: Directorate of Public Relations (Navy) Film and Photographic (Production company)
Antrobus, Stuart (Production individual)
Personalities, Units and Organisations:
Physical Characteristics: Colour format: Colour
Sound format: Sound
Soundtrack language: English
Title language: None
Subtitle language: None
Technical Details: Format: Beta-SP
Number of items/reels/tapes: 12
Notes: Summary: ship taking part in the exercise group included HMS Glasgow (D88), HMS Fearless (L10), HMS Manchester (D95), HMS Trenchant, HMS Argyle (F"£!), HMS Southampton (D90), HMS Illustrious (R06), HMS Cumberland (F85), RFA Fort George (A388), RFA Fort Grange (A385), RFA Sir Galahad (L3005), RFA Sir Geraint (L3027), RFA Sir Tristram (L3505), MV Arcade Falcon, MV Chodziez and MV Arcade Eagle.