FLOTATION TRIALS OF CENTURION DD TANK, SAUNTON SANDS, DEVON, AUGUST 1962 [Allocated Title]
The DD (Duplex Drive) version of the Centurion tank, with an amphibious capability, is tested in the Taw estuary, Crow Point, and Saunton Sands.
Centurion DD off shore near Crow Point; only the top of the flotation screen can be seen. The tank comes ashore and then drives back into the water. Shots of her afloat (taken from a second waterborne craft) in a number of lighting conditions. She comes ashore and returns to the water several times, and also drives across the sand. The folding flotation screen is lowered and the flat panels behind it are revealed; there are "blow-off" panels which are quickly shed. The panels are put back into place and the DD sets off again. She is seen in heavy swell, and also accompanied by a DUKW. Inspection of the Centurion and the metal plates at the Amphibious Experimental Establishment; minor damage is pointed out. Further sea trials; this time, the canvas screen has depth markers painted to the side.