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Summary: Miscellaneous naval material from the mid-1950's.
Description: I. AA Defence of ships. LA.MS of twin 40mm AA as it trains and fires - destroyer's funnel in the background, frame right. MS in rear of 6x40mm on aircraft carrier - mounting trains and fires.
II. Aerial MLSs of HMS Eagle underway with escorting destroyer - Sea Hawks are parked forward.
III. Westland Dragonfly. Commencing with MCU of cockpit, the aircraft lifts off and turns away, the camera following its motions. LA sequence as helicopter G 1707 enters frame right, to hover and then slowly settle. LS-MS as G 1707 enters frame right, to hover and then settle. LS-MS as G 1707 flies into full frame, hovers, settling slightly, before running away again.
IV. Periscope array. MS over smooth sea - snort and attack periscope cut the surface, left to right. Similar shot of search periscope running right to left - it scans and submerges, then radar and radio aerials emerge for the remainder of the shot.
V. LS of Daring Class destroyer underway on a smooth sea.
VI. MLS off starboard bow of HMS Apollo underway at sea. Cut to LS off port bow, with a helicopter approaching camera from mid-distance.
VII. LS off the port beam of RFA oiler Olna steaming in a moderate sea.
VIII. HMS Glasgow at moorings in Grand Harbour, Malta. Shots of ship's boat being lowered into the water, cast off from crane, and making away from the ship - motor pinnace and small skiff are secured to lower boom. Motor boat shoves off from below gangway - despatch vessel HMS Surprise secured to a mooring buoy in the background of one shot. Motor boat approaches carrying women in bathing suits - they wave to camera. Admiral's barge approaches quay and comes alongside - Admiral and ADC step ashore - cable vessel in the background.
Production Details: Admiralty (Production sponsor)
Personalities, Units and Organisations: Royal Navy, EAGLE (HMS), aircraft carrier (1946) (regiment/service)
Royal Navy, APOLLO (HMS), frigate (regiment/service)
Royal Navy, GLASGOW (HMS), light cruiser (regiment/service)
Royal Navy, Surprise (regiment/service)
Royal Navy, Olna (regiment/service)
Keywords: aircraft, British naval - helicopter: Westland Dragonfly (object name)
equipment, British naval - surveillance: periscope array (object name)
operations, British naval - routine (object name)
ships, British naval - minelayer: Apollo (object name)
ships, British naval - cruiser: Glasgow (object name)
ships, British naval - : Surprise (object name)
ships, British auxiliary - supply: Olna (object name)
ships, British naval - destroyer: Daring Class (object name)
weapons, British - gun [AA]: 40mm twin (object name)
Malta & Grand Harbour (geography)