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APC


FV432 ARMOURED
PERSONNEL CARRIER


DIVING FACTS
MIN DEPTH:
22 metres
MAX DEPTH:
24 metres
BUOY #
24
BEST BITS:
  • It's ex-military!
  • Easy penetration
HAZARDS:
  • Protruding metal
  • Overhead environment
  • Loss of visibility
  • Restricted spaces
  • Depth
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Explore a little piece of Britain's military history with a dive on our very own British Army FV432 APC. Manufactured by GKN Sankey, the FV432 was the armoured personnel carrier variant of the British Army's FV430 series of armoured fighting vehicles.

Since its introduction in the 1960s, the GKN Sankey FV432 armoured personnel carrier has been used for transporting infantry on the battlefield. In the 1980s, almost 2,500 vehicles were in use, with around 1500 now remaining in operation - mostly in supporting arms rather than front-line infantry service. Seeing service in both Afghanistan and Iraq, the FV432 weighed 15 tonnes and was 5.25 metres in length. Protection for the crew of two and a maximum compliment of ten soldiers was provided by 12.7mm of thick armour whilst a pintle-mounted 7.62mm L7 machine gun gave the FV432 some defensive capability.

Vobster's FV432 certainly won't be rushing into battle again as it now lies submerged at a depth of approximately 24 metres. What remains of the APC is the all-steel shell with all the various hatches and doors removed to allow relatively safe penetration. Regardless, it's still pretty cramped in there so we'd strong recommend you don't go squeezing yourself into the APC any further than the main passenger compartment. If in doubt, take a peek in through the rear door and leave the penetration to the experts.

Most of the fixtures and fittings have been removed from our APC so it is pretty much just the shell - even the tracks have been removed. It's still very recogniseable as an ex-military vehicle, though, so it's well worth a visit...
SAFETY FIRST: Only very experienced divers with overhead environment training should enter this dive attraction. Movement inside is restricted and the cold, darkness and depth can be very disorientating. If in doubt, DO NOT ENTER!




SURFACE WATER TEMPERATURE
18.5°C
RECORDED ON:
12-09-2018    13:30













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