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Title:HMS BULWARK WORKS UP IN THE MEDITERRANEAN [Allocated Title]
Film Number:ADM 1836
Other titles:POST-WAR NAVAL OPERATIONS - MISCELLANEOUS [Allocated Series Title]
Summary: After her conversion to a Commando Carrier, HMS Bulwark conducts operational trials on the North African coast.
Description: HA from the island as Whirlwind HAS.7 helicopters of 848 Squadron are ranged on their spots. Sequence showing helicopters picking up cargo nets - as one aircraft climbs away, the trolley on which the laden net was supported is lifted clear of the deck and overturned - deck crew right the trolley and tow it off. Deck crew pack marines' personal kit onto a trolley - nearby stands a second trolley laden with a net of jerry cans ready to be airlifted ashore. Returning aircraft bring back nets of empty containers - when Whirlwind K jettisons its load the net spills open and cans spill across the deck. Senior marine officers, going ashore in a helicopter, are seen off by Captain Franks. LS along the deck to Whirlwind K as it picks up one of the marines' Citroën light utility vehicles - one of the strops parts or comes away and the vehicle hits the deck, its hood flying open. As the helicopter rises slightly the vehicle spins on the remaining strop. K is directed to lower the vehicle back onto the deck where it can be righted. A pilot of 848 Squadron stands nearby watching. Marines board helicopter R. Whirlwind K makes a second, and this time successful attempt, to lift a Citroën. Cut to scrubby, desert terrain where tents have been erected and the marines are busy digging in. A Whirlwind sends up a cloud of dust as it sets down on a distant rise to disembark more men. Whirlwinds F and L fly in to drop supplies.
Production Details: Admiralty (Production sponsor)
Personalities, Units and Organisations: Royal Navy, BULWARK (HMS), aircraft carrier (regiment/service)
Royal Navy, Fleet Air Arm, Sqdn 848 (regiment/service)
Royal Navy, Royal Marines & 42 Commando (regiment/service)
Keywords: ships, British naval - amphibious: Bulwark (object name)
aircraft, British naval - helicopter: Westland Whirlwind (object name)