During their five hours 'at sea' in HMS Eagle Britain's large aircraft carrier now in service with the Fleet, 270 families of the 2,400 strong company watched flying displays by her 'Seahawk" 'Gannet' and 'Skyraider' aircraft, and visited most parts of the ship. - the first time ever that this has been done.
GV H.M.S. Eagle at Plymouth harbour.
GV Families going aboard at 6.15 a.m.
CU Pan From sign H.M.S. Eagle to families going aboard.
LV Families looking over side as Eagle leaves harbour.
GV Vice Admiral C.L.G. Evans walking on flight deck with children.
LV Children looking at aircraft on flight deck.
GTV Sea Hawk takes off.
SV Sailors with their wives.
GTV Pan From Sea Hawk laying on its side at end of flight deck to helicopter standing by.
GTV Another take off.
Air shot .. Four Sea Hawks flying overhead.
LV Families watch from the bridge.
GTV Plane landing.
PAN From families to another plane landing.
Angle shot ... Sea Hawk jet fighter landing.
TV Another jet landing.
Angle view ... Another jet landing.
LV Jet plane being towed away.
LV Families leaving Eagle and going aboard launch.
LV Pan From Officers and men watching families leave to families in launch.
LV Sailors wave form aircraft carrier.
SV Pan From families waving to carrier.
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Background: During their five hours 'at sea' in HMS Eagle Britain's large aircraft carrier now in service with the Fleet, 270 families of the 2,400 strong company watched flying displays by her 'Seahawk" 'Gannet' and 'Skyraider' aircraft, and visited most parts of the ship. - the first time ever that this has been done.
Designed as a great incentive for recruitment, the' families day is a development by Flag Officer Aircraft Carriers, Vice Admiral C. Evans, on an idea by the ships company. "No one sees a carrier performing her proper role when her in harbour," says the Admiral.
Every consideration for the visitors comfort was provided. Having to be aboard at 6.45 a.m. to catch the tide, tea and "Hot dogs" were ready for those who missed breakfast ashore. As the afternoon wore on the Navy again came to the rescue... with sea sickness pills.
Dockyard tugs took the families back to Devonport after their trip. H.M.S. Eagle continued to Brest on a six-day NATO good-will visit.