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nuclear test veterans - LABRATS

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OPERATION HURRICANE 1952 - MONTEBELLO ISLANDS

RFA

Wave Victor. Not present at time of detonation.

ARMY

71 Field Squadron RE, part of 180 Engineer Regiment RE
REME Workshops with 71 Field Squadron RE
RE Survey Detachment
RE HQ
Army Officers with HER/MOS and AERE

RAF

88 Squadron (Sunderlands)
Medical Staff with Campania and Tracker
RAF with HER/MOS

CIVILIANS

AERE
AML
AWRE
CIEME
Crown Film Unit
DNC HO
MOS
NAAFI

NPL

RAE

wo

ROYAL NAVY

HMS CAMPANIA

HMS PLYM

HMS NARVIK

HMS TRACKER

HMS ZEBRUGGE

HELICOPTER FLIGHT RN IN CAMPANIA

AMPHIBIAN FLIGHT RN IN CAMPANIA

ROYAL MARINES IN SHIPS

POST-HURRICANE TO PRE-MOSIAC: 1952-59 MONTE BELLO ISLANDS

Army Officers with AWRE
RE Officers
RN Officers

OPERATION TOTEM 1953: EMU FIELD

raf

Special Unit (1 Canberra)
Various Hastings and York RAF Transport Aircraft RAF with AWRE

ARMY

Various Army Officers with AWRE

CIVILIANS

AERE
Air Minsitry
ARL
AWRE
CCI
CIEME
D At. En.
HO
Met. O
MOS

MOW

MRC
NPL
RNSS

RRE

wo

OPERATION BUFFALO 1956: MARALINGA

ARMY

RAEC

RAMC

RAPC

RASC

RE

REME

RPC

R Sigs.

RE/UIQfUSS

Army Officers with AWRE and Indoctrinee Force

RAMC Officer MO

MARSU

( RAF & rn ) for general duties, maintenance, etc

raf

76 Squadron (Canberras)
49 Squadron (Valiants)
24 Squadron (Hastings) ) Transport Command
53 Squadron (Hastings)
Varsity Flight
Helicopter Flight
RAF Maralinga
RAF at RAAF Edinburgh Field
RAF/AWRE
RAF Medical Officers

RAF WEAPON ENGINEER GROUP

CIVILIANS

AERE

AIR MINISTRY

ALEXANDER GIBB

ARDE

ARL
AWRE
Birmingham University
CDEE

CDREE
DAW
DI Arm
DMXRD  

ERDE

FVRDE     
HO
Kwinana construction
Met. O
MEXE
MOS

MOW
MRC
NAAFI

RAE

RRE
SRDE
Vickers

OPERATION MOSAIC 1956: MONTE BELLO ISLANDS

ROYAL NAVY

HMS Narvik 
HMS ALERT
HMS Diana  

Royal Marines in Ships
HMS comus
HMS Consort
HMS Concord   
HMS Cossack
HMS Newfoundland

RFA

Eddyrock

ARMY/RE

Independent Troop RE, formed from 25 Engineer Reg

RE Army Officers with AWRE

RAF

76 Squadron (Canberras)
269 Squadron (Shackletons)
Varsity Flight
RAF/AWRE

CIVILIANS

ARL Staff

AWRE
NAAFI

OPERATION ANTLER 1957: MARALINGA

MARSU

As for Operation Buffalo

Army Officers with AWRE

RAF

76 Squadron (Canberras)    
543 Squadron (1439 Flight) (VALIANTS)
269 Squadron (Shackletons)
204 Squadron (Shackletons) 
22 Squadron (Whirlwinds)
99 Squadron (Hastings)  (Search and Rescue)
511 Squadron (Hastings) (Transport Command)
Varsity Flight
1325 Flight (Dakotas)
RAF Balloon Unit
RAF Medical Officers
RAF/AWRE
RAF Maralinga    
RAF at RAAF Edinburgh Field

CIVILIANS

Air Ministry
AWRE  

CDEE
CRE
Decca
HO
NAAFI

RAE

RRE
Vickers

OPERATION GRAPPLE 1957: MALDEN ISLAND

ROYAL NAVY

HMS Alert

HMS Cook

HMS Narvik

HMS warrior
HMS Messina
HMS Salvictor with attendant boats and lighters
Royal Marines in Ships
NP2512 (HMS Resolution) ("Shore Station" )

RFA

Fort Beauharnois    

Fort Constantine

Fort Rosali
Wave Prince
Wave Soverign
Wave Ruler
Wave Victor Gold Ranger
LST Reginal Kerr
HMT Devonshire (Troopship)  

TES Ben wyvis
SS Charlton Star (Troopship)
HMT Cheshire (Troopship)

SS Ben Rinnes
SS Ben Nevis
SS Pinehill  
SS Beech Hill

ARMY RE

8 Field Engineer Regiment RE, comprising: —
Q Movements (51 Port Squadron) 71 Field Squadron
12 Field SQuadron
28 Field Squadron
55 Field Squadron
64 Field Park Squadron

ARMY 

Grapple Services, RASC
2 Special Air Formation Signal Squadron, Royal Signals
Special Engineering Workshop REME
RAOC Detachment, Task Force Grapple

504 Postal Unit RE
CRE HQ
Army Officers with AWRE

RAF

76 Squadron   (Canberras)    (B6)
100 Squadron (Canberras)    (PR7)
49 Squadron   (Valiants)
240 Squadron (Shackletons)
206 Squadron (Shackletons)
22 Squadron   (Whirlwinds) (Search and Rescue)
24 Squadron   (Hastings)     
99 Squadron   (Hastings)     
511 Squadron  (Hastings)  
36 Squadron   (Hastings)  
1325 Flight     (Dakotas)     
RAF Medical Officers & Special Weapon Engineer Group
RAF/AWRE

RAF AT RAAF EDINBURGH FIELD

RAF DET/UNIT AT CHRISTMAS ISLAND

CIVILIANS

ARL
ASRE
AWRE
Colonial Office
Decca
Met O MOS
NAAFI RAE wvs

OPERATIONS GRAPPLE X, Y AND Z

1958 CHRISTMAS ISLAND

ROYAL NAVY

HMS Cossack         (X)
HMS Messina          (X)

HMS Narvik            (Y,Z)
HMS Cavalier         (Y)
HMS Ulysses           (Y)
HMS Scarborough (Z)
Royal Marines in Ships
HMS Resolution (NP2512) ("Shore station")

RFA

Wave Master             (X)
Wave Ruler               (Y)
Fort Beauharnois    (Y, Z)     
Olna                          (Z)
Wave Sovereign        (Z)
MV Lord Byron          (Y)
MV Lord Codrington (?)

CAPTAIN COOK             (?)

SS DUNERA                  (?) 

ARMY 

5 Field Engineer Regiment RE, comprising : — (X,Y)

- RHQ  
- 37 Field Squadron

- 39 Field Squadron

- Special Increment

38 Corps Engineer Regiment RE, comprising : — (Y,Z)

- RHQ
- 48 Field Squadron
- 63 Field Squadron 
- 59 Field Squadron (Airfield construction)
- 20 Field Squadron
- 61 Field Squadron

73 (Christmas Island) sqdn RE (73 E & M Sqdn) (Y,Z)
51 Port Squadron (Construction) RE    (Y,Z)
504 Postal Unit RE    (Y,Z)
12 Independent Field Squadron RE    (Y,Z)
94 Company (MT) RASC (Y,Z)
146 Independent Field Platoon RASC (?)
PASC services (DUKW) (?)
RASC Services GRAPPLE (?)
2 special Air Formation Signal Sqdn R Sigs   (X,Y,Z)
2 special Air Formation Signal Troop R Sigs (X,Y,Z)
Special Engineering Workshop REME    (Y,Z)
2 Special Engineering Workshop REME (Y,Z)    
RAOC Detachment, Task Force Grapple (X,Y)
RAOC Services, Operation Grapple ()
Army Officers with AWRE    

CRE HQ

RAF

RAF Regiment                
76 Squadron    (Canberra)    (B6)    (X,Y,Z)
58 Squadron    (Canberras) (PR7 )   (X,Y,Z)
49 Squadron    (Valiants)    (X,Y,Z)
240 Squadron  (Shackletons)    (Y)        
269 Squadron  ( Shackletons)   (Z)        
240 Squadron
  (SHACKLETONS) (Z)

RAF/AWRE
206 Squadron    (Shackletons) (X)
22 SQUADRON  (Whirlwinds) renumbered (X,Y)    

217 Squadron (WHIRLWINDS) (Y,Z)
24 Squadron  (Hastings)     (X,Y,Z)    
99 Squadron  (Hastings)     (X,Y,Z) Transport Command
511 Squadron (Hastings)     (X,Y,Z)
39 Squadron    (Hastings)
1325 Squadron ( Dakotas)   (X,Y,Z) 
2 Austers for DDT spraying
RAF Weapon Engineers and Medical Officers
RAF Det/Unit Christmas Island
RAF at RAAF Edinburgh Field    (Z)
RAF Balloon Unit

CIVILIANS

RL
AWRE
Colonial Office
Curvans Ltd
Decca
Marconi
Met O
ML Aviation
MOS
NAAFI
RAE
SSAFA

Westlands

wvs

POST GRAPPLE 1958 - 1964 CHRISTMAS ISLAND

ARMY

73 (Christmas Island) Squadron RE (73 E & M Squadron) 38 Corps Engineer Regiment RE comprising: —
-RHQ
-57 Field Squadron
-46 Field Park Squadron
-20 Field Squadron
-24 Field Squadron
-51 Port Operating Squadron RE
-504 Postal Unit RE
-17 Field Squadron RE (? 17 Port Regt RE?)

 

RASC Services, Operation Grapple
616 Signal Troop (Air Formation) Royal Signals
2 Special Engineering Workshop REME
RAOC Services, Operation Grapple
CRE HQ

ROYAL NAVY

NP 55555 - (OPERATION DOMINIC)
HMS Resolution 
Supply and Troopships

RAF

Various Squadrons, Transport Command 
RAF Regiments
RAF Det/Unit Christmas Island
RAF at RAAF Edinburgh Field
RAF/AWRE

CIVILIANS

aWRE
Colonial Office
NAAFI

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