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Title:FIRST GANNET SQUADRON AT RNAS FORD [Allocated Title]
Film Number:ADM 1458
Other titles:POST-WAR NAVAL OPERATIONS - MISCELLANEOUS [Allocated Series Title]
Summary: First Gannet Squadron at RNAS Ford, 5th April 1954, and Beating the Retreat at Place de Liberté, Toulon.
Description: (Part 1) Gannet aircraft lined up on Hard Standing; pilots wait in position for presentation. Sir Richard Fairey (in civilian clothes) arrives. Presentation. Aircraft start up; ground-to-air shots of Gannets and one Swordfish flying over airfield. (Part 2) Beating the Retreat ceremony performed by the Massed Bands of the Mediterranean Fleet plus the Band of the Scots Greys held at La Place de Liberté, Toulon. The ceremony is attended by Admiral Mountbatten and Senior Officers of the French Navy.
Production Details: Admiralty (Production sponsor)
Personalities, Units and Organisations: Mountbatten, Louis (Earl) (person)
Fairey, Richard (person)
Royal Navy (regiment/service)
Royal Navy, Fleet Air Arm (regiment/service)
Royal Navy, Royal Marines (regiment/service)
British Army, Scots Greys (regiment/service)
French Navy (regiment/service)
Keywords: aircraft, British naval - combat: Fairey Gannet (object name)
aircraft, British naval - combat: Fairey Swordfish (object name)
ceremonies, British - customary: beating the retreat (object name)
ceremonies, British - display: flypast (object name)
GB, England & Ford, Sussex <RNAS station> (geography)
La Place de Liberte, Toulon, Var, France (geography)
Notes: Summary: film has not been viewed - information is taken from CNI records.