At Angle Beach in Wales, Oct 22, over a hundred NATO officers watched "Exercise Softline" - a demonstration by the Royal Army Service Corps of their new technique of supplying petrol from tankers at sea to a beachhead.
LS. British and NATO officers watch from shore.
LS. Tanker off shore
LS. Line of Amphibious craft off shore.
MS. Craft coming ashore with pipeline.
MS. Soldiers unroll plastic tank on shore.
MS. Soldiers couple pipe connections & CU. Ditto.
CU. American and British officer watching.
LS. Small craft towing Dracone "sausage".
Tanker with open landing doors.
CU. Dracone in water near tanker.
LS. Helicopter hovers over craft ashore and picks up pipeline.
MS. Helicopter ascends with pipeline attached.
LS. Helicopter up and away with pipeline.
MS. Pipeline running out of beached craft.
MS. Pipeline is pulled through water by helicopter
GV. Helicopter, pipeline and tanker.
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Background: At Angle Beach in Wales, Oct 22, over a hundred NATO officers watched "Exercise Softline" - a demonstration by the Royal Army Service Corps of their new technique of supplying petrol from tankers at sea to a beachhead.
From a landing craft, adapted for use as a tanker and beached in shallow water at the Pembrokeshire coast, troops in amphibious lorries ran a flexible pipeline ashore to special plastic storage tanks which were soon unrolled and coupled up.
In an alternative method of supply a Dracone was used - a plastic "sausage" which floats and can easily be towed when filled with petrol. It was the first demonstration of this system, developed by the Army and the Ministry of Supply.
A helicopter was also employed for the first time to pull a length of flexible pipeline from shore to the Dracone.
These systems largely do away with transport of petrol in expensive cans. Another advantage is the speed with which the operation can be carried out: The tanks on shore were beginning to fill within 25 minutes of the tanker's arrival.