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Other titles:POST-WAR NAVAL OPERATIONS - MISCELLANEOUS [Allocated Series Title]
Summary: HMS Invincible is launched from Vickers' Barrow-in-Furness yard.
Description: The event is covered by two cameras giving low- and high-angle views of the launching. Queen arrives with Prince Philip and chats graciously with the Reverend Knotman, Vicar of St John's. Invincible is launched, helped on her way by a bottle of vividly red home-made wine (provided by MOD staff at Bath). Fine views of the carrier going down the slip, and the drag chains running out - large numbers of personnel are standing on the flightdeck during the launch. Once in the water, Invincible is manoeuvred by tugs, swinging round to present her port side to the camera. Three Sea King HAS.1s from HMS Gannet, Prestwick Airport, fly past, each streaming a White Ensign. The Hawker Siddeley demonstrator G-VTOL then puts in an appearance, flown by John Farley, HSA's chief test pilot. The Queen departs. Despite wet weather, the crowds of spectators enthusiastically wave Union Jacks throughout.
Production Details: Directorate of Public Relations (Navy) (Production sponsor)
Personalities, Units and Organisations: Elizabeth II, Queen (person)
Philip, Prince (Duke of Edinburgh) (person)
Knotman, E (person)
Royal Navy, Invincible (regiment/service)
Royal Navy, Fleet Air Arm, Sqdn 819 (regiment/service)
Keywords: ships, British naval - aircraft carrier, V/STOL: Invincible (object name)
aircraft, British naval - helicopter: Westland Sea King (object name)
aircraft, British - combat: Hawker Siddeley Harrier Mark 52 (object name)
industry, British - ships (object name)
Barrow-in-Furness, Lancashire, England, UK (geography)
Technical Details: Format: 35mm
Number of items/reels/tapes: 1
Footage: 542 ft; Running time: 6 mins
Notes: Summary: the crowd scenes convey a genuine sense of excitement. It is sad to reflect that Invincible's meagre 16,000 tons standard represented the largest warship laid down in Britain since the end of the Second World War. Invincible commissioned in July, 1980. In September of the next year the Australian Navy made it known that the British Government had offered to sell them the ship for 175 million pounds for delivery in 1983. This proposal was dropped after Invincible's service in the Falklands War