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Other titles:HMS BIRMINGHAM AT A PRACTICE SHOOT [Alternative Title]
Summary: Unedited scenes of ships and helicopters in an anti-submarine rôle.
Description: I. Series of shots of HMS Grafton (F.51) steaming in a smooth sea in company with an anti-submarine Whirlwind.
II. Helicopter shot of HM submarine Aeneas underway - aircraft passes down the port side from a position on the quarter.
III. Aerial LS-MLS of USN Piasecki HUP Retriever, 12854B, in flight over the sea.
IV. Series of aerial shots of HMS Ark Royal at anchor - a tug is alongside in one take. General flight deck activity - Sea Hawks parked aft, deck edge lift down, Sea Venom towed forward by a tractor.
V. Aerial shot of navigational training frigate HMS Starling (F.66) underway.
VI. Sequence onboard HMS Birmingham during a practice shoot with A and B turrets, twin 40mm Bofors, and starboard 4 inch battery. During a shot of the crew serving a twin 4 inch, one of the loaders trips over an expended case, stumbles against the breech, and is struck by an ejecting shell case - he recovers and takes up his station.
VII. MS as camera passes right to left around the stern of HMS Dido and HMS Cleopatra, moored side by side, mothballed in Portsmouth harbour.
Production Details: Admiralty (Production sponsor)
Personalities, Units and Organisations: Royal Navy, AENEAS (HMS) (regiment/service)
Royal Navy, Ark Royal (regiment/service)
Royal Navy, BIRMINGHAM (HMS), light cruiser (1936) (regiment/service)
Royal Navy, CLEOPATRA (HMS), cruiser (regiment/service)
Royal Navy, DIDO (HMS), frigate (regiment/service)
Royal Navy, Grafton (regiment/service)
Royal Navy, Starling (regiment/service)
Keywords: aircraft, British naval - helicopter: Westland Whirlwind (object name)
aircraft, British naval - combat: Hawker Siddeley Sea Venom (object name)
aircraft, United States naval - helicopter: Piasecki HUP Retriever (object name)
operations, British naval - search: submarine hunt (object name)
ships, British naval - submarine: Aeneas (object name)
ships, British naval - aircraft carrier, fleet: Ark Royal (object name)
ships, British naval - cruiser: Birmingham (object name)
ships, British naval - cruiser: Cleopatra & [storage] (object name)
ships, British naval - frigate: Dido & [storage] (object name)
ships, British naval - frigate: Grafton (F.51) (object name)
ships, British naval - escort: Starling (F.66) (object name)
training, British naval - weapons (object name)
weapons, British naval - gun: 4-inch gun (object name)
weapons, Swedish naval - gun: 40mm Bofors & [British] (object name)
GB, England & Portsmouth, Hants <harbour> (geography)