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Title:DESTROYERS OF FORCE K CONDUCT A SWEEP [Allocated Title]
Film Number:ADM 535
Other titles:MEDITERRANEAN OPERATIONS OF THE ROYAL NAVY [Allocated Series Title]
Summary: Destroyers Nubian, Paladin and Petard of Force K conduct a sweep to intercept Axis traffic between Italy and North Africa. The final night-time episode, with a merchantman burning at sea, may show the events of May 3-4, when the three destroyers sank a 7000 ton ship reported to have been carrying munitions and motor transport. Cameraship is Petard.
Description: I. HMS Petard unmoors - bridle to mooring buoy cast loose and crew haul on slip rope - HMS Nubian has already got underway. Once at sea there is some gunnery practice with 4x2-pounder and Oerlikon. MS study of port bow wave as the ship steams at speed. LS off port quarter of Nubian. Shots of crewmen donning life-jackets. HMS Paladin (G.69) turns to starboard into wake of cameraship - the manoeuvre is repeated from the portside, Paladin heeling noticeably as she comes round. Film then reverts to miscellaneous scenes of shipboard life while in port - ratings relaxing, sweeping the deck, closing hatchways and scuttles, putting on heavy weather clothing, recovering ship's launch, etc. Back at sea the men sleep and take tea at their action stations. Study of starboard bow wave. CUs of torpedo tubes, main 4-inch armament and 2-pounder AA trained over the port beam. LS of Nubian in line ahead - she turns to port.
II. Night-time sequence showing a merchantman stationary in the water and ablaze from stem to stern - the cameraship approaches close enough for individual explosions and rushes of flame to be seen.