UK and Australian Atmospheric Nuclear Tests

Can offer this info only in reference to the Air Force, but AF SAC units spent 3 month rotational duties to England (Upper Heyford, Lakenheath, Mildenhall, Marham, Sculthorpe and Wyton), attached to the RAF, during the period of the British Nuclear test development. Maybe some vets from other service branches can shed light on presence at UK tests.

Series Name Test Name Date Location Delivery Yield
* Hurricane 03 Oct 1952 Monte Bello (Lagoon-HMS Plymouth) Oceanic Surface 25 Kt
Totem Test 1 14 Oct 1953 Emu Field Tower 9 Kt
Totem Test 2 26 Oct 1953 Emu Field Tower 7 Kt
Mosaic G 1 16 May 1956 Monte Bello (Tremouille Is) Tower 14 Kt
Mosaic G 2 19 June 1956 Monte Bello (Alpha Is) Tower 56 Kt
Buffalo One Tree,Round 1 27 Sept 1956 Maralinga (One Tree) Tower 13 Kt
Buffalo One Tree,Round 2 04 Oct 1956 Maralinga, (Marco) Ground 2 Kt
Buffalo Kite,Round 3 11 Oct 1956 Maralinga, (Kite) Land Airburst 3 Kt
Buffalo 4 One Tree,Round 2 22 Oct 1956 Maralinga, (Breakaway) Tower 11 Kt
Grapple Grapple 1, Short Granite 15 May 1957 Malden Is, Pacific Ocean Airburst 200-300 Kt
Grapple Grapple 2, Orange Herald 31 May 1957 Malden Is, Pacific Ocean Airburst 720 Kt
Grapple Grapple 3, Purple Granite 31 May 1957 Malden Is, Pacific Ocean Airburst 150 Kt
Antler Round 1 14 Sept 1957 Maralinga (Tadje) Tower 1 Kt
Antler Round 2 25 Sept 1957 Maralinga (Biak) Tower 6 Kt
Antler Round 3 09 Oct 1957 Maralinga (Taranaki) Balloon burst 27 Kt
Grapple X Round C 08 Nov 1957 Christmas Is Ocean Airburst 1.8 Mt
Grapple Y Round Y 28 Apr 1958 Christmas Is Ocean Airburst 2 Mt
Grapple Z Pennant 2 22 Aug 1958 Christmas Is Balloon-burst -1 Mt
Grapple Z Flag Pole 1 02 Sept 1958 Christmas Is Ocean Airburst 2.5-3 Mt
Grapple Z Halliard 1 11 Sept 1958 Christmas Is Ocean Airburst 2.5-3 Mt
Grapple Z Burgee 3 23 Sept 1958 Christmas Is Balloon-burst 1 Kt

* First British Nuclear Test.
The UK ceased independent nuclear tests after the 1958 series.
Additional joint underground or storage/transport tests occurred at the NTS and NAFR-Nellis Air Force Range (Nevada) from 1961 til 1991.


Test Locations:

Maralinga Test Range in South Australia (bordering Western Australia), includes the following Sites:
One Tree Site;   Marco Site;   Kite Site;   Breakaway Site;  Emu Field


Includes only atmospheric tests involving "weapons" and "weapons effects".

Does not include tests involving "safety related tests" of equipment.


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