Naval Ordnance Test
Ft. Lauderdale, Florida
Naval Ordnance Test Facility Fort Lauderdale, FL. Was a branch of the Naval Ordnance Laboratory, White Oak, MD. (NOL). With the closing of NOL and their move to Panama City, FL. the Fort Lauderdale facility was decommissioned. The facility had what was called an actuation range where the mines were placed with added instrumentation and connected to the test facility via underwater cabling. This allowed for monitoring the mine mechanism responses as ships passed by.
MNC William A. Roberts, with Mk 57 mines being
assembled for testing on the facilities actuation test range.
MN1 Robert Johnson, prepping MK 52, mine cases for
assembly to be used in MK 52 Mod 7, actuation tests
(L-R) MN1 Sam English, MNC's William A. Roberts and John Loonam assemble Mod 7, instrument
racks for MK 52 Mod 7, mines to be tested on the facilities underwater actuation range
MNC John Loonam, testing Mod 7 instrument racks to be assembled into
MK 52 Mod 7 Mines to be tested on the facilities underwater actuation range.
Crew with MN1 Robert Johnson (seated) and MNC William A. Roberts (standing)
assemble MK 52 Mod 7, mines to be tested on the facilities underwater actuation range
Being deployed to the NOTF, Fort Lauderdale, FL, did have its perks. We were billeted at the Escape Motel. L to R: MNC'S Stan Kozeski, William A. Roberts and MN1 Sam English, taking a break, August 1964.
[Photographs courtesy of Bill Roberts]
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