Supplies brought aboard the carrier HMS Hermes at Portsmouth, followed by its departure and activities during the voyage to the South Atlantic.
(Reel 1) Supplies are passed up the gangway and loaded by crane. Numerous shots show loading and stowing activities both on shore and on board. The ship departs (cameraman on board), watched by well-wishers on the dockside (some holding "good luck" placards). The ship makes its way out of Portsmouth harbour (5 April 1982). (Reel 2) While the task force is waiting off the Scilly Isles for the completion of preparations and arrival of further supplies, the film shows Sea Harrier activity on board Hermes - Harrier aircraft brought up from the hangar are manoeuvred into position. Two Harriers land on deck followed by Sea King helicopters. (Reel 3) A Chinook helicopter lands and supplies are unloaded. A television crew (including Brian Hanrahan (BBC) and Michael Nicholson (ITN)) film an interview with an unidentified naval officer. Royal marines take their morning exercise drill next to 848 Squadron Sea King helicopters. Various shots show general deck activity among Sea Kings and Harriers (including some maintenance work). Two Harriers take off (second take-off is cut from film). Officers disembark from an 820 Squadron Sea King to be greeted on board. Interior shots show a conference of senior officers. Hermes comes alongside RFA Olmeda and the business of taking on fuel begins.