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Title:HMS ARGUS ARRIVES IN JEBEL ALI [Allocated Title]
Film Number:ADM 6400
Other titles:THE ROYAL NAVY IN THE GULF, 1990-1991 [Allocated Series Title]
Summary: HMS Argus enters port with a deck cargo of helicopters and landing craft and secures alongside.
Description: LS of HMS Argus as she enters port accompanied by tugs. Onboard the destroyer HMS Gloucester men watch the arrival from the flightdeck - there is some friendly badinage between crew and cameramen. LS broad on the port beam of Argus, camera zooming in on bows and funnel - desert pink Sea King HC.4s of 846 Squadron, embarked to act as air ambulances, are parked up on deck. Argus has a very noticeable black mark on her hull side, perhaps left by funnel smoke from a tug. LS to landing craft stowed on Argus' deck. Break. MSs to name 'Argus' on stern and bow - a beam tug is manoeuvring the ship nearer the quay. A crewman breaks out the Blue Ensign of the RFA on the jackstaff. LA as Argus's officers observe the narrowing water gap from a platform extended from the port bridge wing. LA of the ship now virtually alongside and letting out berthing hawsers. Dockyard mateys take up the hawser and lead it around bollards - one throws a light line up onto the ship's deck. A Lieutenant on the quarterdeck reports the progress of the berthing to the bridge via walkie-talkie. The dockyard officials, led by an Indian officer, are not happy with the way the ship is lying, and despite an officer's explanation that "that is the way she sits", the ship is bowsed in closer to the side. After shooting has stopped the soundtrack runs on just long enough to catch a plaintive cry from one of the ship's officers "Why have you changed the bollard ?"
Production Details: Directorate of Public Relations (Navy) Film and Photographic (Production company)
Personalities, Units and Organisations: Royal Navy, ARGUS (HMS), aircraft carrier (regiment/service)
Keywords: ships, British naval - assistance: Argus (object name)
ships, British naval - STR: Argus (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: 10 mins
Notes: Summary: the hangar deck of HMS Argus, a helicopter training ship, had been converted into a forward receiving centre for wounded troops. She had embarked 90 medical staff, including 40 nurses from Queen Alexandra's Royal Naval Nursing Service