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Title:SENIOR NAVAL OFFICER MIDDLE EAST BRIEFS THE COMMANDING OFFICERS OF THE PHOTEX GROUP [Allocated Title]
Film Number:ADM 6410
Other titles:THE ROYAL NAVY IN THE GULF, 1990-1991 [Allocated Series Title]
Summary: A group of US officers visits HMS London. The frigate leaves Jebel Ali. VERTREP. Senior Naval Officer Middle East (SNOME) briefs the Photex group COs on the day's activities.
Description: I. US delegation. Gangway party on HMS London pipes the side as a party of US Army and Navy officers come aboard to be met by the British Senior Naval Officer Middle East, Commodore Craig - the senior USN officer present is a Rear-Admiral. The VIPs go forward and the party are put at ease. CUs as two ratings mime the piping of the side and a Lieutenant salutes repeatedly for later cut-ins. Various views of HMS London secured alongside and CU of the frigate's gangway.
II. HMS London leaves port. LA to White Ensign fluttering in stiff breeze from ensign staff at stern. The RM section is fallen in on the flightdeck for leaving port. London passes the US amphibious command ship USS Blue Ridge (LCC 19). At sea, a marine stands watch at one of the GPMGs mounted along the edge of the flightdeck - the ship's Lynx is lashed down aft. CU as the marine - wearing helmet and anti-flash - starts to remove the machine gun's box magazine.
III. VERTREP. MS across the flightdeck to RFA Fort Grange steaming alongside to starboard - on the flightdeck containerised torpedoes (?) are being moved about by pallet truck. Two of the crates are pushed together and wire slings attached to the carry points. One of the RFA's Sea King helicopters closes with lowered cargo hook. MS to port forebody of Fort Grange as she steams alongside. The transfer of weapons continues with helicopters taking off and landing on torpedoes. Low sun by end of sequence.
IV. Senior officers of the RN task group in the wardroom of HMS London - they talk among themselves before being called to order by Commodore Craig. The Commodore tells them that with Photex "we might have quite a useful piece to keep the Navy in the public eye". After the finale, senior officers of the group are to be photographed together in the wardroom, and COs are to join the Commodore on the forecastle for a group picture "with the spray in your hair". Cut to Commodore and his COs walking out onto the forecastle, where they are marshalled by the photographers in a line in front of the Exocet launchers and along the bulwarks. The photographer tells them to look towards him, "This is a serious picture."
Production Details: Directorate of Public Relations (Navy) Film and Photographic (Production company)
Personalities, Units and Organisations: Craig, C J S (person)
Royal Navy, London (regiment/service)
United States Navy, USS BLUE RIDGE, command ship (1969) (regiment/service)
Royal Navy, FORT GRANGE (RFA), store ship (regiment/service)
Keywords: ships, British naval - frigate: London (object name)
ships, British naval - supply: Fort Grange (object name)
ships, Unites States naval - amphibious: Blue Ridge (object name)
ships, Unites States naval - communications: Blue Ridge (object name)
delegations, United States international - military: officers visit HMS London (object name)
operations, British naval - routine: VERTREP (object name)
operations, British naval - sortie (object name)
Saudi Arabia & Jebel Ali (geography)
Physical Characteristics: Colour format: Colour
Sound format: Sound
Soundtrack language: English
Title language: None
Subtitle language: None
Technical Details: Format: Beta-SP; VHS
Number of items/reels/tapes: 1
Running time: 20 mins
Notes: Summary: the whole concept of a Photex symbolises the risen power of the media, but it is the sight of the RN photographer moving senior officers into place for his shot that took the cataloguer's fancy