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Other titles:COLLECTION OF ROYAL NAVY PROJECTION PRINTS [Allocated Series Title]
Summary: Promotional film focusing on the work of the Anti-Submarine Warfare branch of the Royal Navy, as seen through the eyes of three student observers.
Description: As part of Britain's commitment to NATO, the Royal Navy's Anti-Submarine Warfare group is responsible for searching for and tracking enemy submarines. Three new recruits to the branch; Lieutenant John Smith, Sub-Lieutenant Pete Gibb, and Sub-Lieutenant Steve Westwood are seen undergoing training to become an observer in the branch. Question and answer session with a senior officer, focusing on modern developments in naval warfare. HMS Cardiff (D.108) home to the recruits, is seen at sea. One of Cardiff's aircraft Westland Sea King XV676 emerges from the hangar. The recruits prepare for a sortie. Taking off from HMS Cardiff. Locating submarine with sonar buoy. The submarine is tracked by personnel onboard HMS Cardiff. Launching missile in mock attack. A Westland Lynx equipped with a Sea Skua missile takes off on another sortie. The ASW branch's additional function as a search and rescue team is also demonstrated, rescuing a fisherman from a stricken trawler [it is unclear whether this is a genuine distress call, or a reenactment]. At the end of the film the newly qualified observers give their verdict on the training and their hopes for the future, as they leave to join their respective squadrons in the Fleet Air Arm.
Production Details: Ministry of Defence (Production sponsor)
Central Office of Information (Production sponsor)
Platypus Films (Production company)
O'Dell, Chris (Production individual)
Parsons, Bruce (Production individual)
Johnstone, Norman (Production individual)
Moss, Bernard (Production individual)
Daniels, John (Production individual)
Shaw, Nigel (Production individual)