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ROYAL NAVAL PROPELLANT FACTORY STATIC FIRING BAYPrimary Reference Number (PRN) : 09016g
Trust : Glamorgan Gwent
Site Type : ROCKET TEST FACILITY
Period : Modern
Community : Caerwent
NGR : ST4779792114
Legal Protection : scheduled ancient monument , listed building II
The monument comprises the remains of a static firing bay facility at the former Royal Naval Propellant Factory's Guided Weapons Scheme Unit (now MOD) Caerwent. Built in 1959 for purposes relating to the Gosling rocket.
The monument comprises the remains of a static firing bay facility at the former Royal Naval Propellant Factory's Guided Weapons Scheme Unit (now MOD) Caerwent. It was built and commissioned in 1959 for proof of concept, investigation and manufacturing control purposes relating to the Gosling rocket booster engines used to power the Royal Navy's Sea Slug surface-to-air missiles (01).
The installation consists of the static firing bay, cubicle building, access road and concrete apron, together with the surrounding earthen bunds. The closure of the entire establishment was announced in 1965 and the production and testing of the Gosling rocket motors ceased in 1966, being transferred to the Royal Ordnance Factory at Bishopston by 1967 (01).
01/Desc Text/Cadw/New entry to the schedule of monuments/13/02/08. Copy in further information file.
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