Operation Grapple

Discussion in 'Current Affairs' started by Billy Q, Jan 24, 2016.

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  1. This coming year will see critical details coming to light concerning the British Nuclear Tests in the Pacific in the 1950's/60's.
    Rainfall ,following detonation, is in dispute. MOD saying there was none, or nothing appreciable-- but evidence coming to light suggests otherwise.
    Most RN personnel have died but some remain to take MOD to task.
     
  2. They will only release mediocre details that are already known.
     
  3. (granny)

    (granny) War Hero Book Reviewer

    As the years progress there will be even fewer of us left to point the finger. I'm one of the lucky ones who, apart from old age issues, seem to have been less affected than a lot of others.
     
  4. That's because you were a GI, not even radiation is that brave (not going to mention it doesn't affect dense material ;) )
     
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  5. Ships had the advantage of Up Sticks and steaming off if they saw a build-up of radio- active rain clouds or nuclear dust. Most managed to steer clear but some got caught using their pre-wetting system to wash down the upperworks. Sadly the system was next to useless and the Admiralty failed to issue instructions to Engineers on how to service and repair the equipment until AFO P 650/59. Most of the Major Tests had finished then. The few warships with open wooden decks found it impossible to wash off the ionizing radiation contaminants with their onboard equipment and were refused entry to Harbour until professionally and expensively cleaned by the Harbour Authorities.

    Those on shore couldn't escape and the Ships Company of HMS Resolution (Naval Party 2512) at Port London under Commander Errol Bruce RN endured contaminated rainfall and dust until the place closed in June 1964.
     
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