Within days of starting operations, the small force of British minehunters taking part in clearing the Suez Canal has already opened up most of Port Said harbour to shipping.
CU & MV Radar scanner (2 shots)
GV Direction finder ZOOM INTO MV frogmen in dinghy (2 shots)
MV Radar equipment
MV Officer relays directions
MV Radar screens
CU Hand turning wheel
CU Direction finder
CU Officer giving instructions
MV Radar control technician
MV Frogmen come alongside
SV & CU Forgman diving (3 shots)
MV Frogman surfacing after laying explosive charge
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Background: Within days of starting operations, the small force of British minehunters taking part in clearing the Suez Canal has already opened up most of Port Said harbour to shipping.
On Saturday (13 April), one of the minehunters -- HMS Bossington -- was at work inside the actual mouth of the Canal, where its first job was to explode the remains of a 500 pound bomb.
The Bossington locates its prey -- whether mines, bombs or other debris of six years of hostilities -- by means of sensitive sonar gear. High definition sound beams are bounced off the bottom of the canal, and the resulting analysis enables the ship to pinpoint its target.
Then it falls to the ship's diving teams to locate and detonate the explosives.
As the British ships continue with their delicate operation, the United States task-force has been surveying the canal to estimate the location and types of weapons on its bed. Both the British and American units will draw up complete sets of maps, and then compare their findings.
It's been estimated that the Canal can be swept of Israeli magnetic and acoustic mines by mid-July. But it may be as long as a year before other explosives, shells and bombs are cleared.
SYNOPSIS: On his occasion, it's a bomb. The details are relayed to the divers, who take over with the delicate job of neutralising the explosives. The British will be preparing a complete map of explosives in the Canal. So will the Americans. And they'll compare notes to avoid mistakes.
A diver surfaces after locating and placing explosives round the remains of a five-hundred pound bomb. Though all mines could be cleared by mid-July, it's reckoned to be a year before shells and bombs have been disposed off. In the meantime, here's one bomb the task-force needn't worry about any further.