With the COI programme 'African Panorama' in mind, for their 'Kenya Navy' requirements, I shot the enclosed film.
Recruits lining up for examination - papers being checked by 'Red Caps' of the Kenya Army. This was the first time that the military police had been on duty outside the camp.
CU of Red Cap.
Further shot of above.
Various shots of interviewers.
General shot of interviewers at table.
Lt. Robert Henley of Portsmouth - i/c of team.
Above officer with Red Caps looking at papers.
Various shots of recruits being examined.
Warrant Officer A. Noble examining applicants.
Lt. A.E. Kinsey supervising aptitude testing.
Prospective recruits paper.
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Background: With the COI programme 'African Panorama' in mind, for their 'Kenya Navy' requirements, I shot the enclosed film. This morning the members of the Royal Navy team which have been loaned to the Kenya Government continued recruiting men for the Navy. About 4,000 applicants were received and there are only 250 vacancies which meant that the recruits had to be in first class x shape. On arrival their particulars where taken regarding their educational qualifications and national registration etc., this was followed by a medical examination were many would be recruits fell out of the race. The standards required were very high - in comparison with the standards required for the Royal Navy. After the medical the men required to sit an examination to test their educational standards, and this was followed by an interview in which all aspects of the life was explained to them. On Monday next they will proceed to Mombasa to 'join up', where they will be kitted out and their basic training will commence. Many of the recruits will be proceeding to Britain later this year to collect three Vosper Ships which will be ready for delivery by then and this will form the nucleus of the Kenya Navy although at the moment there is no ship in service at Mombasa.