The Duke of Edinburgh, piloting a 36 "Heron" aircraft of the Queen's Flight, arrived in Malta, April 25th.
AV. "Bulwark" at sea
GV. Flight deck.
LV. Duke and party towards
SV. Commando troops embarking in Helicopters
GV. Helicopters take off.
GV. Duke arrives at Mayesa Beach
SV. Duke with naval officers
CU. Ditto Watching troops landing etc.
GV. Helicopter carrying truck
LV. Helicopter lowers truck onto road
SV. Duke and party, Helicopter flies over head
LV. Troops in Army trucks pass Duke and party
GV. Troops return to Helicopter.
SV.PAN.Duke in jeep passes camera Optical.
SV. Duke arrives on "Eastbourne" and is met by Captain
SCU. Duke walks towards Bridge
LV. Climbing steps
SCU. Three shots, Duke watching naval exercises
GV. Minesweeper "Walkerton" comes alongside
GV. Rope is fired across to "Walkerton"
SV. Duke leaves "Eastbourne" in Jackstay and transferred to "Walkerton"
LV. Duke and party wave from "Walkerton".
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Background: The Duke of Edinburgh, piloting a 36 "Heron" aircraft of the Queen's Flight, arrived in Malta, April 25th. As Captain-General of the Royal Marines he was visiting Marines serving in the Mediterranean.
Greeted by the Governor, Sir Guy Grantham, and C-in-C, Mediterranean, Admiral Sir Alexander Bingley, the Duke was then flown in a helicopter to the aircraft carrier 'Bulwark'. The 'Bulwark' is Britain's first commando carrier, and the following day, wearing his Captain-General's battle-dress and green beret, he watched the carrier's special Marine commando unit make a demonstration landing by Helicopter and launch on the coast of Malta.
Later, he went aboard HMS' Easthourne' and saw the ship taking part in an anti-submarine exercise, and was then transferred by jackstay to HMS 'Walkerton' to watch a short exercise by vessels of a minesweeping squadron.