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Coronation Naval Review


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Departure of H.M. Yacht Victoria and Albert from Portsmouth Dockyard
The Salute from the Fleet
Observers will be stationed:
In H.M.S. Nelson:
The Foretop
Lt.-Commander T. WOODROOFFE
The Forecastle
Commander D. A. STRIDE
At South Railway Jetty:
Lt.-Commander G. V. KNIGHT
The broadcast will start from H.M.S. Nelson, the flagship of Admiral Sir Roger Backhouse , Commander-in-Chief of the Home Fleet; and Lieutenant-Commander Woodrooffe will describe to listeners the imposing picture he will look out on -- the Home Fleet, the Reserve Fleet, the Mediterranean Fleet, representative ships of the Merchant Navy and Fishing Fleets, as well as fourteen foreign warships, all anchored in eight lines stretching for a distance of six miles from Lee-on-Solent to No Man's Land Fort, and filling an area of the whole water from Hampshire to the Isle of Wight.
Then listeners will be taken over to the Southern Railway jetty at Portsmouth to hear about the departure of the Royal Yacht Victoria and Albert. Directly she comes out of Portsmouth harbour they will be taken back to the Nelson to hear the salute of the Fleet. The broadcast will end as she starts on her long journey of twelve miles round the lines.
At about 4.50 she will have been round the Fleet and will be passing the Nelson. Listeners will hear the flagship of the Home Fleet cheering as she returns to her moorings. At approximately 5.35 the Fleet Air Arm will fly over the Royal Yacht.

H.M. the King will review the fleet at Spithead today. The scene will be described in commentaries at 2.50, 4.50, and 5.35-starting with the departure of the Royal Yacht, Victoria and Albert, from Portsmouth Dockyard and concluding with the fly past of the Fleet Air Arm. Also in the Regional programme tonight at 10.45 the illumination of the fleet will be described. The picture below shows the Royal Yacht passing down the lines at the Jubilee Review in 1935. For further details see page 7.


Unknown: D. A. Stride
Unknown: Sir Roger Backhouse

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