Refurbished Submarine Brings WWII to Life

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Royal Navy Submarine Museum opens a new exhibition with the HMS Alliance, a World War II submarine refurbished to bring to life the underwater world of submarine warfare. (March 31)

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Portsmouth, UK 18 March 2014

1. Wide view of HMS Alliance from bow

2. Wide pan of HMS Alliance - pan down starboard side

3. Interior gangway - tilt down

4. Close view of piston pilings in enging

5. Close view of gauges

6. SOUNDBITE: Bill Handyside, Served Aboard HMS Alliance

(see transcript below)

7. Pan down officers mess

8. Close view of clock

9. Close view of pin-up girl photographs

10. SOUNDBITE: Chris Munns, Director - Royal Navy Submarine Museum

(see transcript below)

11. Various of sub interior with infrared light as if underway

12. SOUNDBITE: Bill Handyside, Served Aboard HMS Alliance

(see transcript below)

NOTE: Soundbite partially covered with still photographic images - courtesy of Royal Navy Submarine Museum - NO ARCHIVE

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13. Clipreel showing the Battle of the Atlantic 1942

14. SOUNDBITE: Chris Munns, Director - Royal Navy Submarine Museum

(see transcript below)

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15. Clipreel showing the Battle of The Atlantic 1942

UPSOUND "This was The Battle of the Atlantic in 1942.

VOICE-OVER SCRIPT:

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WITH THE APPROACH OF THE 70TH ANNIVERSARY OF D-D, THE BRITISH ROYAL NAVAL SUBMARINE MUSEUM IS OPENING A NEW EXHIBITION.

THE HMS ALLIANCE - ONE OF FOURTEEN "A" CLASS SUBMARINES HAS BEEN RESTORED TO HER ORIGINAL CONDITION -

SHE'S THE ONLY SURVIVING WORLD WAR TWO-ERA BRITISH SUBMARINE.

(SOUNDBITE: Bill Handyside, Served Aboard HMS Alliance)

"You just go on and did your job, you know. I didn't meet anybody who was afraid. They may have been, but nobody talked about being afraid."

THE SUB WAS COMMISSIONED IN 1945 AND SAW ACTION DURING THE FINAL MONTHS OF WORLD WAR II.

SHE THEN BECAME PART OF THE BRITISH NAVAL FORCES COMMITTED TO NATO DURING THE COLD WAR.

(SOUNDBITE: Chris Munns, Director - Royal Navy Submarine Decision)

"It's very odd and uncomfortable life. Nonetheless, a very well regulated life. And most sailors who joined the submarine service enjoyed it, stayed with it. Clearly there were hardships. Not enough water to wash with. No fresh food after a few days. Very limited space."

THE TWELVE MILLION DOLLAR MAKE-OVER INCLUDED NEW LIGHTING, A SOUND SYSTEM PROVIDING NOISES OF UNDERSEA BATTLE, ENGINE ROAR AND SONAR PINGS.

THERE'S ALSO A NEW LIGHT SYSTEM THAT FLICKERS WHEN AN IMAGINARY DEPTH CHARGE EXPLODES NEARBY.

(SOUNDBITE: Bill Handyside, Served aboard HMS Alliance:)

"You were in a little mess with five other guys, there were six of you all together and you ate there, you slept there, you played cards there, you did everything."

(VOICE OVER)

WHEN SHE WAS COMMISSIONED, THE ALLIANCE AND HER SISTERS PLAYED A VITAL ROLE IN KEEPING SHIPPING LANES OPEN AGAINST THE GERMANS.

(SOUNDBITE: Chris Munns, Director of the Royal Navy Submarine Museum:)

"Of course, the German U-boat campaign is legendary for almost bringing the Allies to their knees, in the early forties. So, submarines were extremely important weapons of war."

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"This was The Battle of the Atlantic in 1942. In ten months, the Allies lost over five hundred ships."

IF THE SEAS HAD GONE UNPROTECTED AND BRITAIN HAD FALLEN, THE ALLIES WOULD HAVE HAD NO BASE FROM WHICH TO LAUNCH THE LAND OF EUROPE - NO D-DAY.

TOM RITCHIE, ASSOCIATED PRESS

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