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Title:OPERATION PALLISER, SIERRA LEONE, MAY 2000 [Allocated Title]
Film Number:ADM 6663
Other titles:ROYAL NAVY VIDEOS: 2000s [Allocated Series Title]
Summary: Unedited coverage of preparation for Operation Palliser (assistance to Sierra Leone), May 2000.
Description: (Tape 1) Scenes of preparation, including personnel leaving RAF Brize Norton, HMS Ocean in Gibraltar and general views of RFA Fort Austin.
(Tape 2) Scenes on board the amphibious ship HMS Ocean en route to Sierra Leone. Sea King helicopter lands - cameraman gets on board. Aerial shots of HMS Ocean (L12), later joined by RFA Fort George (A388). Helicopter lands. Interview with captain about onboard preparations and about the capability of equipment and staff on Ocean (there are 1000 beds on board for refugees if necessary). Bridge scenes and gunnery exercise. Interview with Commodore about the Royal Navy and Maritime Task Group role. Interview with one of the Royal Marine Commandos (there "just as a precautionary measure"). General views of vehicles and guns below deck, also helicopter maintenance.