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Title:HMS HERMES EN ROUTE FOR FALKLANDS [Allocated Title]
Film Number:ADM 4822
Other titles:FALKLANDS CONFLICT [Allocated Series Title]
Summary: HMS Hermes continues its voyage south to the Falklands.
Description: Oiling continues (possibly from the previous film, ADM 4821) from RFA Olmeda. A service takes place in the chapel. Harrier aircraft have their white undersides and roundels panted out. A long sequence shows off duty activities on deck: basketball, cricket, football, sunbathing, "horse racing", serving hamburgers to the men. Beer crates are much in evidence. Filmed from a hovering helicopter, an officer is winched aboard from another vessel. Prince Andrew disembarks from a Sea King on the deck of Hermes. Another aerial shot shows (the same?) officer being winched down again. Troops carry out an exercise, shinning down from a Sea King hovering above Hermes (filmed from the deck). General shots show deck activity, the interior of the hangar, other ships of the battle fleet. Finally, the crossing the line ceremony is given extensive coverage.
Technical Details: Format: 16mm
Footage: 900 ft (ca); Running time: 25 mins (ca)
Notes: Summary: footage was received with no documentation and little identification. Information is partly based on the recollections of the cameraman, Alan Fowler, in 1993, and otherwise on a brief viewing of the reel. (See note to ADM 4821).
Technical: print (copy 1) was marked "some shots removed for RNPT 12" (see ADM 2606).
Remarks: the camera work is poor - almost constant aimless panning and zooming means very few well composed shots.