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Other titles:BRITAIN'S ATOMIC WEAPONS RESEARCH PROGRAMME COLLECTION [Allocated Series Title]
Summary: Documentary film featuring the last moments of HMS Plym (K271), a River class frigate used as a detonation platform in Operation Hurricane, Britain's first atomic weapons test, in October 1952.
Description: Begins with a countdown to HMS Plym's final moments, and as the countdown continues, takes a retrospective look at Plym's career. Commissioned in May 1943, Plym saw extensive service on the Atlantic convoys during the Second World War but was mothballed when the war ended. Selected for use as a detonation platform in order to study the effects of the detonation of an atomic weapon onboard a large military ship, Plym is sailed to Australia and on arrival "is left by her crew and given to science". As the detonation sequence enters the final stages there are various views of Plym being readied for her final role, and one by one the ship's crew depart. Detonation scenes including subsequent mushroom cloud.