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A sailor’s testimony on Monte Bello nuclear bomb tests

Monte Bello Veteran « Paul Langley’s Nuclear History Blog,  By  Mr N.R. Batley , 30 Nov 10, “I served on HMS Narvik for the Monte Bello Islands tests the only protection we had was a piece of negative film in a flat badge type holder that we pinned on to our clothes by means of a safety pin that was allways coming lose and being lost the badge that is. At no time did we have any medical check ups or questions as to how we felt. I have a photo that would show how close to the bombs being tested we were with the only safeguard roll your sleeves down and turn your collar up on our no8 shirts. If required I would give evidence but be quick I have cancer heart trouble.” Monte Bello Veteran « Paul Langley’s Nuclear History Blog

November 30, 2010 - Posted by | civil liberties, UK

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  1. The Cavalier was due to due to be decommissioned in the Uk from Singapore, normally when this occurs ships are sent home by the shortest course via the Suez Canal and up through the Mediterranean to the Uk. However, Admiralty {Gov} for unknown reasons decided to send her via the West Indies calling into Auckland, Fiji then across to Tahiti from there to Christmas Island where it shipped anchor for four or five days not taking on rations, ammunition or refueling but just lazing around in general. Keeping in mind we were on our way to Hawaii then to SanDiego USA why was it necessary to alter course to go to Tahiti when keeping a straight course we would have bypassed Christmas Island by many sea miles and arrived at Honolulu, thus in all probability it would have missed the British Nuclear fallout. What is the British Government NOT telling us?

    Comment by Peter | December 3, 2010 | Reply


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