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Title:TRIALS WITH SHIP-BORNE LIGHTERS FOR LSTS [Main Title]
Film Number:ADM 1011
Other titles:INVASION EQUIPMENT TRIALS [Allocated Series Title]
Description: I. Sequence showing the launching of pontoons - they are simply dropped from inclined platforms set up on the quayside. LA.MS of a raft, made up of two pontoons, lashed to a sponson on LST's port quarter - the raft is jettisoned into the water, where a previously launched unit is already floating.
II. Quayside test of vehicle ramp on pontoon assembly. The full width vehicle ramp is made up of six sections which, when not in use, lie folded back upon the pontoon. To deploy the ramp, a crewman pushes the starboard section over into position and, as each section is chained to its neighbour, they then unfold in series. The system is thus easier to manhandle than one solid ramp. In the first trial the sixth (portside) section, fails to unfold properly - it is removed for the second trial.