Operation Hurricane: 1952.
Operation Mosaic: 1956.
The primary purpose of this test series was to conduct research to support thermonuclear weapons development.
|Codename||Location||Date||Bomb Yield (Kiloton)||Explosion Conditions|
|Hurricane||Monte Bello (off Trimouille Is)||03 Oct 1952||25kt||Ocean surface burst (HMS Plym)|
|Mosaic G1||Monte Bello (off Trimouille Is)||16 May 1956||15kt||Tower|
|Mosaic G2||Monte Bello (off Alpha Is)||19 Jun 1956||60kt (actual 98kt)||Tower – 31m|
Other interesting pages and links
AWE – AWE is the company responsible for the design, manufacture, in-service support and eventual retirement of the warheads for the United Kingdom.
Port Chicago – Was it an atomic explosion? – An article examining the possibilty of a huge blast aboard a munitions ship at Port Chicago in 1944 being a nuclear blast or not with comparisons made to Montebello testing by the british.
Extract from above article: “The British Government detonated a 24 kiloton plutonium bomb at Monte Bello, Australia in October of 1952. The bomb was placed on a Frigate in shallow water and detonated. None of the isolated steel fragments of metal that had been thrown out from the Frigate on to the surrounding islands showed any sign of radioactivity whatsoever after ten years.”
River Class Frigates – Information about River class frigates as used by the Allied navies during the various wars incl HMS Plym