View Dangerous Game video on TON Class Association website
TCA is pleased to announce that it has been licensed by the Imperial War Museum to show on its website www.tca2000.co.uk the iconic film Dangerous Game.
The 30 minute film was produced in 1976 and looks at the importance of Mine Counter Measures in modern naval warfare. It traces the threat of the sea mine during the First World War and how the Royal Navy attempted to counter it with the Royal Naval Trawler Reserve, which would become the RN Patrol Service in WW II.
German developments of the acoustic and magnetic mine are examined but much of the film is focussed on the equipment and techniques employed by TON Class Minesweepers in the 1960’s and 70’s.
TONs are shown exercising at sea, sailors being trained in mine warfare at HMS VERNON and Lieutenant HRH Prince Charles (who has been Patron of the TON Class Association for many years) taking command of HMS Bronington in 1976.
The use of sonar (Plessey 193) for minehunting is discussed and TONs are shown participating in the international task force that cleared munitions from the Suez Canal following the 1973 Arab-Israeli conflict.
There is interesting footage of HRH Prince Charles bringing BRONINGTON up the Thames, passing under Tower Bridge and mooring for a visit by the Queen and Prince Philip.
The film concludes with a look to the future, represented by the use of Glass Reinforced Plastic in the build of HMS WILTON and her successors the Hunt class Hunter/Sweepers and Shoreham single-role Minehunters, both of which are still at sea with upgraded technology, and also, very much in embryo at that time, remotely controlled underwater vehicles for mine identification and disposal.
Several members of TCA can be identified in the film, looking incredibly youthful. We would be pleased to learn of other former sailors who can see themselves manhandling the kites, otters and oropesa floats of the “Tin Gear”, the solid weights of Acoustic Sweeps and the sinuous Magnetic Loop. Contact us by
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Please be aware that under the terms of our license with the IWM we can not supply copies of the video.