The RN Divers SOP has now been revised to ensure future mishaps are not repeated:
1. Clear the area
2. Superglue a mirror to the UXB. (That way no-one takes their eyes of it)
3. Affix explosives to ensure sympathetic detonation, keep hold of shrike.
4. Remove mirror
6. Sorted, innit.
Just to clarify things, the Lt Cdr seen talking on TV is an RNR media ops officer as was the female Lt RNR earlier in the week. If you are looking for the 'R' in the executive curl of the stripes on their sleeves, RNRs don't wear them anymore.
If it's bangs you want, the RN certainly had fewer problems with this wartime German mine blown by HMS Cattistock off Felixstowe just over a year ago (link). It was a similar size to the lost bomb but in deeper water:
This wartime German mine was blown by the Plymouth-based Southern Diving Unit 1 off the coast of Somerset two weeks ago (link):
And this wartime German mine was one of several blown by HMS Hurworth in the North Sea earlier this month (link):
It's all routine stuff and I expect that normal (largely unpublicised) service will be resumed as soon as possible. At least the main objective has been achieved and the good people of Felixstowe can now sleep safe in their beds.
Good God man, put common sense aside for a moment and recognise that this is a heaven sent opprtunity to rip the p1ss out of the bubble-heads and my former RNR colleagues in the spin specialisation... er media ops
Somewhat unfair?It's not a job I would relish in the cold unyielding waters off Felixtowe.
I well recall the fleet Clearance Divers attached to Tamar. They had a Lt Cmd. VC in charge of them. They were tough lads but the thought of being eaten by something nasty whilst submerged concentrated their minds wonderfully
We were housed in the Dockyard and where I worked had copious quantities of un-dyed methylated spirits. Ormac the divers called it.
One of our Chinese boys ( all of 60) would mix orange juice with the meths and sell it to the CD boys before they were due to dive.