Dear Ministry of Defence,

Further to the Nuclear Test Veterans in dispute with MOD I was invited to look into HMS Cook's participation.
She cleared the Breakwater at Plymouth a little after 1020 on Tuesday 19 March 1957 on a FSC to the South Pacific.
On clearing the Breakwater she met extremely heavy weather in the SW Approaches resulting in much damage to the ship including a new Land Rover being ripped from its secure lashings on the fo'csle causing serious damage to boats and life rafts.
There was much consternation on board as to why the ship didn't return to Devonport for repair but it ploughed on resulting in further damage to the fire pumps on deck and to the ship itself.
The ship's company guessed there was something afoot when it was ordered to carry out ABCD wash down of upper works that failed. The ship carried on to the British Nuclear Tests.
After the test the ship sailed for Auckland where she was refused entry as fall out contamination had not bee washed away from her wooden decks.. Fire launches were awaiting her entry to Devonport and washed down her upper works before she was cleared for entry to the Dockyard.
Please advise the amount of fall out radioactive contamination she suffered from her Nuclear Test participation.

Yours faithfully,

molly groves

Dear Ministry of Defence,

The Law requires you to reply promptly and in this case by 18 April 2017. This you have failed to do and therefore are in breach of the Act

Yours faithfully,

molly groves

Dear Ministry of Defence,

Please pass this on to the person who conducts Freedom of Information reviews.

I am writing to request an internal review of Ministry of Defence's handling of my FOI request 'HMS Cook Operation Grapple'.

[ GIVE DETAILS ABOUT YOUR COMPLAINT HERE ]
Not responded promptly

A full history of my FOI request and all correspondence is available on the Internet at this address: https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/h...

Yours faithfully,

molly groves

DES SEC-PolSecShips and Subs (MULTIUSER), Ministry of Defence

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Dear Ms Groves,

 
Please find attached the substantive response to your Freedom of
Information request (FOI2017/03599). Please accept our apologies for the
delay in responding to this request.

 
Yours sincerely,
 

DE&S Policy Secretariat
Defence Equipment & Support

Dear DES SEC-PolSecShips and Subs (MULTIUSER),
Thank you for your less than helpful reply. We will delve further.

Your reply made no mention of Cook's entry into Auckland.
Given that she required her upper works washing down before being permitted entry it is of concern how she cleared the "controlled area" she was in during the Test.

Page22 Sub Para 9.5 Radiological Safety regulations Christmas Island states inter alia:-
All equipment and vehicles, including ships and aircraft will be monitored and decontaminated before being taken out of a controlled area.
Since Cooks ability to wash herself down was impaired she should never have been permitted to leave her Controlled Area under these Regulations--But she was.

Yours sincerely,

molly groves

Dear Ministry of Defence,

Please pass this on to the person who conducts Freedom of Information reviews.

I am writing to request an internal review of Ministry of Defence's handling of my FOI request 'HMS Cook Operation Grapple'.

[ GIVE DETAILS ABOUT YOUR COMPLAINT HERE ] Took ages to reply inadequately.

A full history of my FOI request and all correspondence is available on the Internet at this address: https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/h...

Yours faithfully,

molly groves

James Weston left an annotation ()

Your request read like some sort of bad novel.

They only need to release documents to you, that's what FOI is all about, not opinions or them having to read a paragraph of drivel to get to the actual question.

You know about ships it seems, so use your knowledge to get the documents to give you the answers:

ships logs / captains logs (is there such a thing ?),
sailing charts or plans f their journey
contamination reports
ships medical officer reports
etc etc

CIO-FOI-IR (MULTIUSER), Ministry of Defence

Dear Ms Groves,

We acknowledge receipt of your email of 22 May 2017 and we can confirm that an internal review will be conducted of your request for information, our reference FOI2017/03599.

The Department's target for completing internal reviews is 20 working days from date of receipt and we therefore aim to complete the review and respond to you by 20 June 2017. While we are working hard to achieve this, in the interests of providing you with a realistic indication of when you should expect a response, we should advise that the majority are currently taking between 20 and 40 working days to complete.

The review will involve a full, independent reconsideration of the handling of the case as well as the final decision.

Yours sincerely,

MOD Information Rights Compliance Team

CIO-FOI-IR (MULTIUSER), Ministry of Defence

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