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Title:HMS ROYAL SOVEREIGN AND SUBMARINES ARE TRANSFERRED TO THE SOVIET NAVY [Allocated Title]
Film Number:ADM 1313
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. Sailors of the two nations demonstrate their friendship and mutual esteem.
Description: LA of Russian ensign flying from the Arkhangelsk (ex-Royal Sovereign). Onboard the battleship, the translator Lieutenant Berry talks with the Russians. CU of Royal Sovereign's bell. Views of the battleship taken from a smallcraft show the submarines lying to port and starboard. Cut to HA sequence as Admirals Ford and Kennedy-Purvis come onboard, followed by M Gusev - the Russian ambassador delivers a short speech. LA as the Russian ensign is raised on the mainmast. After the ceremony the crews disperse. 'Friendship' material - a British and Russian rating shake hands theatrically, a rather pretty Wren shakes a Russian's hand - he clearly approves and takes her hand in both of his. HA onto the conning towers of Unison and Unbroken alongside - on Unison a Russian and a British submariner stand with their arms about each others shoulders. Sailors of both nations stand together in a friendly group - many of the Russians make Victory signs. The film then reverts to details of the commissioning ceremony and shots of the Russian ambassador and British flag officers.