OPERATION SILKMAN, SIERRA LEONE, NOVEMBER 2000: ROYAL MARINES FOOTAGE [Allocated Title]
Members of 42 Commando, part of the Amphibious Ready Group, on exercises (based on board HMS Ocean) during Operation Silkman, a deployment to Sierra Leone to reassure the local government of British support in the event of a rebel insurgency by the Revolutionary United Front.
(Tape 1) HMS Ocean en route to Sierra Leone. Firing of Mini-Gun on board HMS Ocean (10 November). Remembrance Day service on the flight deck (11 November).
(Tape 2) Aerial shots of Amphibious Ready Group ships HMS Ocean and RFA Argus en route (11 November)
(Tape 3) Remembrance Sunday service in Freetown (King Tom) cemetery, which conatins 248 Commonwealth Second World War burials. (12 November)
(Tape 5) River patrols set off from HMS Ocean; L Company 42 Commando. Ships. 539 Assault Squadron Royal Marines (14 November).
(Tape 6) L Company 42 Commando. Activities on Port Loco Creek, with Rigid Raider boats operating from an LCVP. Jungle patrol past local village. Chinook and Lynx helicopters. Firepower demonstration for the local people (15 November).
(Tape 7) Firepower demonstration by the Amphibious Ready Group (ARG), Hastings Camp, Sierra Leone, with 42 Commando, the Commando Helicopter Force and 29 Commando Regiment Royal Artillery. (16 November)
(Tape 8) Continuation of firepower demonstration. NATO forces. Helicopter operations (landing, flying) with Sea King and Chinook helicopters. (16 November)