Earl Mountbatten presents to silver tankards to RAF Valiant Squadron in High Wycombe.
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Mountbatten presentation to RAF Valiant Squadron. High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire.
Several shots of people sitting round table. Various LS GVs of the assembly, with Earl Mountbatten making after-dinner speech. Various shots of diners at candlelit tables. MS Air Vice-Marshal E.C. Hudleston making speech (Nat. Sound). MS Earl Mountbatten speaking says: "That these three silver tankards are a gift from the Royal Navy to the Royal Air Force who manned the first three Valiant Squadrons. CU Mountbatten continues: "We are very proud in the Royal Navy to share with such distinguished Squadrons the name Valiant.". Mountbatten goes on to mention the ship named Valiant which had been in big sea battles. Mentions the Duke of Edinburgh who was mentioned in despatches whilst serving on board the Valiant. Says he is sure the (MS) RAF (Royal Air Force) will uphold the name of Valiant should a third war occur. Goes on that he fervently hopes non of them will live to see another war in which they'll be able to add further honours to the name of Valiant. Addressing Hudleston, says "Will you please accept these tankards, one for each Squadron (pan down to Hudleston with tankards on table in front of him) with the Royal Navy's appreciation and thanks". (Mountbatten sits down amidst applause. MS Navy types at at table. MS The three silver tankards. MS The badge of Bomber Command RAF (Royal Air Force) with motto "Strike Hard - Strike Sure".
Cataloguer's note: The beginning of this item has no sound.