TERRAIN RELIEF MODELS AND OPERATIONAL SKETCHES AS USED IN THE TASK FORCE SIXTY-FIVE NUCLEAR WEAPON RECOVERY EFFORT.
NAVAL CIVIL ENGINEERING LAB PORT HUENEME CALIF
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The AIRCRAFT SALVOPS MED search and recovery effort off of the coast of Spain for a missing nuclear weapon that extended from 17 January to 7 April 1966 required the application of several unproven types of equipment and the development of some unique operational procedures for its satisfactory completion. As the effort progressed it became evident that various types of graphic representations would be of assistance in the work. The aids devised for this purpose consisted of a terrain relief and sediment model of the total search area, a detailed relief model of the specific location where the weapon was found and recovered, a detailed terrain sketch of this same area, detailed sketches of specific working situations and post-operational drawings of events that from their nature could not be recorded by photographic means. The preparation of some of these representations necessitated novel approaches to both gather and record the information. The techniques used are considered of importance in that in some instances these methods are the only ones presently available to arrive at a picture of the situation existing at a working site. Procedures similar to those applied will presumably have to be used in the future on other operations carried out at locations involving conspicuous sea floor relief. Author
- Physical and Dynamic Oceanography