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Title:BRITAIN HONOURS NORWAY VISIT OF FIRST SEA LORD ADMIRAL SIR JOHN CUNNINGHAM FLYING HIS FLAG ON BOARD HMS VENGEANCE [Allocated Title]
Film Number:ADM 212
Summary: Film of Sir John Cunningham's visit to Oslo in (June 1947).
Description: The first visit by a British admiral to Norway. Film of RNN (Royal Norwegian Navy) motor torpedo boats escorting the British flotilla down Oslofjord. Wartime history - mention of the sinking of the Blücher. Cleaning of aircraft onboard HMS Vengeance. Marines parade on flight deck. Twenty-one gun salute. Admiral's barge hoisted out. Cunningham greeted by Consul and Norwegian naval officers. Local interest in the British ships. British sailors take shore leave. "The people of Oslo are particularly thrilled by the Royal Marine Band ..." RN football team plays the Norwegians. Party of ratings visit a local beauty spot. Cunningham decorates senior officers onboard Vengeance. Crown Prince and Princess visit the carrier. British sailors tour Oslo. Norwegians visit the British warships. Rowing match between RN and RNN. Ships are dressed for the Norwegian flag day. King Haakon visits HMS Vengeance and decorates Cunningham, Miller and Chetcuti with honours conferred for services rendered to Norwegians in exile. Yacht race between British and Norwegians. At the end of the day's celebrations the Royal Marines 'beat the retreat' - the Norwegians are "greatly impressed by the solemnity of the occasion".