Navy in Focus Edition 4

Place Antarctica
Accession Number F10724
Collection type Film
Measurement 15 min 19 sec
Object type Actuality footage
Physical description 16mm/b&w/sound
Maker RAN Public Relations
Place made Australia
Date made 1963
Access Open
Conflict Period 1960-1969
Copyright Item copyright: © Australian War Memorial
Creative Commons License This item is licensed under CC BY-NC

1. Little ships big tasks. The RAN 16th Minesweeping Squadron on minesweeping exercises. Deploying the wire sweep to deal with moored mines. Preparation of the 'Otter' which keeps the wire at the required depth. HMAS Ibis and HMAS Gull performing an underway transfer. Transfer of personnel between ship by jack stay.
2. Tomorrows Admirals. Thirty five young men start at the Royal Naval College, Jervis Bay. The new cadet midshipmen, including Simon Harrington (a future Rear Admiral) the son of the Chief of Naval Staff Vice Admiral Sir Wilfred Hastings Harrington KBE, CB, DSO and eight other sons of naval officers. Miss Eva Normay of Paris appointed to the teaching staff . Miss Normay is the first woman teacher the in fifty year history of the college.
3. To seek and kill. Westland Wessex HAS.31A helicopters of the 725 Squadron RAN Fleet Air Arm training at HMAS Albatross at Nowra. Pilot, Observer and Sonar Operator crews once trained graduate to 817 Squadron the operation Squadron operating from the aircraft carrier HMAS Melbourne. Wessex lowering sonar buoy.
4. Roving camera report, including scenes of sight seeing in Japan, interaction with locals, naval brass band.
a) Sydney harbour. Short item on Navy Divers.
b) Garden Island. The Explorer Class General Purpose Vessel HMAS Banks (Y266) the first ship to be manned by the RAN Papua New Guinea Division. Nine of the crew are from Papua New Guinea. Setting out for Manus Island where HMAS Banks will be based.
c) The Antarctic. Shows film shot by Lieutenant Michael Hudson during his assignment with a United States Navy expedition to the Antarctic. Shows the Icebreaker USS Staten Island (AGB-5) and a supply ship (KA-56) slowly steaming through the sea ice.
d) Japan. HMAS Voyager visits Japan.
e) Sydney. Farewell to Royal Navy T class submarine HMS Tapir (P335). Tapir has been under RAN control while based with the Royal Navy's 4th Submarine Division in Sydney.
f) Canberra. Arrival of one of the worlds leading anti-submarine experts US Vice Admiral John Thatch. Senator John Gorton the Minister for the Navy receives Admiral Thatch who is accompanied by Vice Admiral Sir W H Harrington. The topic of the meeting was anti submarine aircraft.
g) The Pacific. HMAS Gascoyne combines naval training with oceanographic research. Shows CSIRO scientists on board collecting marine samples.
h) Missile frigate. HMAS Stuart prepares to join the navy. Senator John Gorton Minister for the Navy, arrives aboard HMAS Stuart to take delivery from Cockatoo Island Dockyard, Sydney on 28 June 1963. HMAS Stuart's commander, Commander Morrison Maloney. HMAS Stuart is equipped with the Australian Ikara anti submarine missile.

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