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Title:OPERATION TELIC: INTERVIEWS WITH ROYAL NAVY PERSONNEL [Allocated Title]
Film Number:ADM 6700
Other titles:ROYAL NAVY VIDEOS: 2000s [Allocated Series Title]
Summary: Series of interviews with Royal Navy personnel about their part in the early stages of Operation Telic (British operations in Iraq from 2003).
Description: I. Commander Jim Newton, training officer of 847 Squadron, discusses the squadron's role in supporting 3 Commando Royal Marines and the Queen's Dragoon Guards on the ground near Basra, and to other coalition forces: Gazelle AOP role of the squadron also discussed.
II. Commander John Pentry (?), Commanding Officer of 845 Squadron Naval Escort (with Sea King helicopter in the background) talks about his unit's role in supporting 40 Commando in the Al-Faw peninsula.
III. Lieutenant Commander Jim Taylor, Senior Pilot with 814 Squadron on RFA Fort Victoria stands before a Merlin ASW helicopter and describes how the helicopter has "performed magnificently" in its role.
IV. Commander Chris Alcock of HMS Ark Royal discusses preparations, and also discusses the tragic accident of Saturday 22 March 2003, where two Royal Navy Sea King Mk 7 AEW helicopters collided with the loss of seven lives.
V. Lieutenant Commander Stan Hargreaves, Senior Observer in 845 Squadron A Flight, talks about the role of his squadron in forces protection.
VI. Squadron Leader Dave Morgan of 18 Squadron, a Chinook pilot from RAF Odiham, relates his experiences.
VII. Petty Officer (Diver) Sid Seabrook of Fleet Diving Unit 3 tells how he is here to help clear the port (Basra) ready for humanitarian aid to arrive. Mine disposal role also mentioned.
VIII. Petty Officer (Diver) Simon Marston describes his work and the ways personnel stave off boredom during waiting time (an Uckers tournament has been set up); Diver Nobby Clark talks about mine clearance operations. (Both are from Fleet Diving Unit 2.)
IX. Commander Andrew Swain, Commanding Officer of the coastal survey vessel HMS Roebuck, discusses the charting of "the North Arabian Gulf".
X. Gareth Davies on RFA Sir Galahad discusses force protection and humanitarian aid.
XI. Captain Roger Robinson-Brown of RFA Sir Galahad talks about the delivery of food aid from Kuwait to Umm Qasr.
XII. Warrant Officer Brearley and Sergeant Brearley, two brothers working together on RFA Sir Galahad (17 Port and Maritime Regiment).
XIII. Chief Officer Peter Snelson, Executive Officer of RFA Sir Galahad - also the cargo officer overseeing distribution of humanitarian Aid.
XIV. First Officer Marcus Barrett, Navigation and Operations Officer, talks about his work on the bridge of RFA Sir Galahad.
XV. Leading Naval Nurse Jonathan Bradley on RFA Argus, member of the ICU team as part of Argus's role as a floating hospital.
XVI. Lieutenant Tara Darcy, another member of the ICU team.
XVII. Commander Nigel Bassett RNR talks about his forthcoming role on Argus as interpreter for any wounded Iraqi POWs which may be brought on board.