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Royal Navy blows up WW2 German mine in Thames Estuary

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From the story, it appears a first attempt to blow it up failed when the demolition charge failed to "ignite". So then, one assumes, they had to go back to an even more dangerous situation to make a second attempt. No, I am not an ATO so I may be using the wrong terminology. Brave lads though those RN divers.
 
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Heard it go off, and I was six miles away near Faversham. Makes you realise how noisy WW2 must have been for the civpop.
 
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Do we send the bill to the Germans for that one?
Nope, but you can safely bet there'll be some sort of strange EU Fisheries regulation stating that compensation is due to Belgium owing to the number of fish 'murdered' by the activities of Andrew. Was this discussed beforehand with Nigel Farage whose constituency is within hearing distance of said explosion? Were the crew wearing hearing protection and Hi-Viz tabards?
 
#7
From the story, it appears a first attempt to blow it up failed when the demolition charge failed to "ignite". So then, one assumes, they had to go back to an even more dangerous situation to make a second attempt. No, I am not an ATO so I may be using the wrong terminology. Brave lads though those RN divers.
It's nothing fancy, they go for a row in their rubber dinghy, slip on their paddling gear and stick a 10lb pack on the mine.

ATO's could do it, but the Army won't issue inflatable arm bands.
 
#9
Dingerr, I get that the job isnt complex but, from the article, it would appear that they had already done the "stick 10 lb of explosives on it and light the fuse from a safe distance" routine but the charge failed to go off. So they then had to do it all again in a situation that, I assume, was now a little bit more risky than it was before.
 
#11
It's nothing fancy, they go for a row in their rubber dinghy, slip on their paddling gear and stick a 10lb pack on the mine.

ATO's could do it, but the Army won't issue inflatable arm bands.
Whereas those Divers can and do dispose of EOD on land too....


Go on, bite, I DARE you... ;)
 
#13
Whereas those Divers can and do dispose of EOD on land too....


Go on, bite, I DARE you... ;)
Yes, on par with the RE! And that's when you eventually get there after spending hours deciding on which vehicle to take, hmmm, pinz? Landy? Bomb truck? Oooh oooh I can't decide.

It's like bloody wimmin and shoes.
 
#14
It's nothing fancy, they go for a row in their rubber dinghy, slip on their paddling gear and stick a 10lb pack on the mine.

ATO's could do it, but the Army won't issue inflatable arm bands.
Whereas those Divers can and do dispose of EOD on land too....

Go on, bite, I DARE you... ;)
Like these, you mean?


BFBS 20 Jan 2012 said:
Two explosive experts are heading to Afghanistan next week as part of the Royal Navy's high-threat team specialising in handling roadside bombs....

Sure beats operating 180 ft underwater in thick silt, zero viz and over a knot of tidal stream running. As experience has shown, it's easier to train fit, professional mixture divers to perform EOD/IEDD than train ATOs to dive. Isn't that right, Dingerr? :)
 
#19
"Royal Navy divers destroyed a Second World War German mine in the Thames Estuary off the Kent coast on Sunday 8 April."

Fifty years after the end of WW2 the bloody Germans are still trying to sink our ships.

They haven't gone away you know....

Rodney2q
 

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