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Mail: "RN Loses 2,000lb WW2 Mine Off Essex Coast After Trying To Blow It Up"

frogman007

War Hero
The classic GC!!! Zues fuzes the lot and a parachute still intact. As you said NG no point in educating the uneducated. It's diver bashing season. Let them get on with it.
 

tommo

War Hero
As a matter interest, does anyone know whether they teach knot-tying at Raleigh on tne Initial Naval Training course?

I don't know about the new 10 week but they did do a weeks seamanship for everyone. Although going by some of those sprogs joining the ship they couldn't tie their own shoelaces

I kid you not I had to make up the heaving lines for the sea specs cos non of them knew how to. Even the AB1's. I did facepalm at that one
 

Spidiver

War Hero
NG, Frogman...leave em alone you are wasting your time, you'd be better off trying to discuss logical posivitism with your sock drawer.
 

Rumrat

War Hero
I would just seek clarification over this matter, it's Essex you say they lost it?
So this week coming when I'm swimming around off a Cornish beach and some thing round with spikes on come floating up it's either Wrecker with a hedge hog in tow (for whatever reason) or maybe a sea urchin.
Please tell me it wont explode, (sea urchins don't do that do they) and send me home by air.
Concerned Cornwall.
 

WreckerL

War Hero
Super Moderator
If a spiky thing touches you it's because I've told the Cornish Whaling Association that Captain Ahab (Afro-caribbean version) will be swimming off the coast. If the dark thing screams and surrenders it's you, if it goes wobbly it's a mini oil slick.
 
For the first time in three days, the weather has abated enough for members of Portsmouth-based Southern Diving Unit 2 (SDU2) to dive on the mine off Clacton and detonate it. The BBC is still implying that the mine was 'lost' and in doing so is exposing its ignorance of the folly of trying to dive and handle explosives in Gale Force 8 conditions. As I posted previously (link), the mine was deliberately re-laid in a known position and left for another day.
A large German mine dragged up from the sea bed off the Essex coast has been detonated after it broke away from markers. Royal Navy divers had been tracking the explosive device, dating from World War II, since it broke free.

The 2,000lb (900kg) live parachute mine was dredged up eight miles off Clacton by the vessel Congo River on Friday.

It was due to be detonated on Saturday but became detached from its markers in 90ft (27m) of water. The navy used sonar to locate the mine, but murky conditions in the North Sea hampered the operation to blow up the device.
According to other reports, the disposal operation started at 1430 (slack water) and the mine was detonated at 1540.
 
Navy News 20 Apr 2011 said:
Royal Navy divers have blown up a German wartime mine off the Essex coast – sending a plume of water and mud 300ft in the air.

The 1,500lb device was dredged up by the vessel Congo River about seven miles off Walton-on-the-Naze.

A team from Southern Diving Unit 2 in Portsmouth were faced with an initial precarious task of detaching the parachute mine from the Congo River before laying it safely on the sea bed. They then had to wait for a safe weather window to send a diver down to the device and attach explosives...

Nice photo. The mine was in 27m of water, equivalent to the height of a nine-storey building.
 

Blackrat

War Hero
Moderator
Book Reviewer
I lost a couple of grenades once and basked in the fame from that and now i get black catted by some pretty boy ******* divers. There's no justice in this world.
 
WOW; nine stories down - That is really incredible. It must have been dark and wet and cold down there too.

No need to take the mick. I mentioned this so people could envisage the depth of the mine in relation to the explosive plume.

I'm sure people can appreciate that you have plumbed significantly greater depths (as have I).
 

Bergen

ADC
No need to take the mick. I mentioned this so people could envisage the depth of the mine in relation to the explosive plume.

I'm sure people can appreciate that you have plumbed significantly greater depths (as have I).


Me!! Take the piss out of Clearance Divers?? No way Jose.

Even at 94 stories, with nothing on the gauge 'cept Seibe Gorman - Use No Oil, I was always confidant that somewhere up above me in the water-column would be the Royal Navy's finest :thumbup:
 

(granny)

RIP
Book Reviewer
If a spiky thing touches you it's because I've told the Cornish Whaling Association that Captain Ahab (Afro-caribbean version) will be swimming off the coast. If the dark thing screams and surrenders it's you, if it goes wobbly it's a mini oil slick.

Reminds me of my classes visit to HMS Vernon in 1951. Being shown around a room full of mines and other things that went bang. The class were told not to touch anything, but one bright spark thought it interesting to push on one of the spikes of a display mine. The resultant explosion from a thunderflash, as he pushed, will never be forgotten. Half the class needed clean underwear. Priceless memory.
 

Topstop

War Hero
Reminds me of my classes visit to HMS Vernon in 1951. Being shown around a room full of mines and other things that went bang. The class were told not to touch anything, but one bright spark thought it interesting to push on one of the spikes of a display mine. The resultant explosion from a thunderflash, as he pushed, will never be forgotten. Half the class needed clean underwear. Priceless memory.


Did a course on IEDs at Whale Island, V similar, the light switch, course notes, match box, chairs, heating, just about everything in the room was rigged to make you shit your self if you looked at it funny. Came out of there very twitchy.
 
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