Navy in Focus Edition 1

Accession Number F10721
Collection type Film
Measurement 14 min 22 sec
Object type Actuality footage
Physical description 16mm/b&w/sound
Maker Movietone News
RAN Public Relations
Eggleton, Tony
Place made Australia
Date made 1962
Access Open
Conflict Period 1960-1969
Copyright Item copyright: © Australian War Memorial
Creative Commons License This item is licensed under CC BY-NC

1. SEATO Exercise Sea Devil. SEATO's twenty first maritime exercise. HMAS Queenborough, Voyager and Vendetta escort HMAS Melbourne on one of the longest anti-submarine and naval air defence exercises at Subic Bay, Philippines. On shore RAN sailors sightseeing. A United States Navy submarine that will be acting as the enemy for the exercise. Warships led by Gearing Class Destroyer USS Epperson (DD-719). The exercise includes ships from Australia, USA, UK Pakistan, New Zealand Philippines and Thailand. HMAS Vendetta refueling from a US tanker. Physical exercises onboard Vendetta. Petty Officer Bob Duguid of Mortlake Vic cutting up meat. Sailors relaxing playing cards. SEATO observers on the flight deck of HMAS Melbourne watching the exercise. RAN Fairey Gannet ant-submarine warfare aircraft taking off from HMAS Melbourne on a mission to find the four submarines tasked with stooping the convoy reaching its destination. Ships of the fleet firing anti aircraft guns. An aerial depth charge attack by the Gannets. United States Navy P-5 Marlin flying boat firing unguided rockets. Sea Venoms flying past. HMAS Melbourne as Sea Devil's flagship leads the fleet into harbour followed by the aircraft carriers USS Bennington and HMS Ark Royal and the other ships in a column fourteen miles long. HMAS Melbourne fires a twenty one gun salute with her Bofors anti aircraft guns. Official calls as the senior officers of the participating navies board HMAS Melbourne. Fifty ships, one hundred and fifty aircraft and sixteen thousand men took part in Sea Devil. 2. RAN in Hong Kong. HMAS Yarra and Parramatta visit Hong Kong on their first duty with the British Commonwealth Strategic Reserve. HMAS Melbourne was also in Hong Kong to have her flight deck repainted. Shows Chinese labourers chipping and scraping off the off paint. Sailors sightseeing in the city. The Australian Fleet Band perform a concert at a refugee settlement. 3. Midshipmen graduate. The Royal Australian Naval College Jervis Bay. Twenty new officers of the RAN and RNZN are the first Midshipmen to complete the navy's revised scientific age course. 4. Japanese visit. Australia's biggest fleet visit to Japan Two thousand five hundred sailors of five combat ships arrive at Yokohama. Rear Admiral McNickel and flag ship Captain, Captain Smith are presented with flowers by Japanese women in traditional costume. A Rugby football match between the Australians and the Japanese Maritime Self Defence Force. RAN sailors visit the shrine at Kamakura escorted by Japanese beauty queens. 5. Christmas Island. HMAS Queenborough arrives at Christmas Island. This is the first visit by an Australian warship since the island became an Australian Territory three and a half years before.
Sport events and a party are held to celebrate the ship's visit. Home from the sea. Ships of the combat fleet head for home after steaming twenty thousand miles in South East Asia. Sea Venoms on HMAS Melbourne's flight deck. Lieutenant B.J. Roberts in the cockpit of a Sea Venoms raising his straw hat. Melbourne's two squadrons fly off to there home base at HMAS Albatross, Nowra NSW. With the aircraft disembarked Melbourne returns to Sydney after an absence of five months.
Sailors disembarking and greeted by family.

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