THE ROYAL NAVY DURING THE COLD WAR, 1945-1991
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Trials ship, HMS CUMBERLAND initiates her "Pre-wetting" system during testing in the Mediterranean. Pre-wetting was the method of using large numbers of water jets to spray the entire outer surface of the ship in preparation for encountering an area contaminated with radioactive 'fall-out'. The continual spray would not only make the surface wet, thereby preventing radioactive particles from sticking, but also wash them off.
HMS CUMBERLAND during "pre-wetting" trials in the Mediterranean, April 1954. Pre-wetting was a method of removing radioactive 'fall-out' from the ship's surfaces.
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