Military Computers Preserved

Several computers and associated peripherals and control panels have been rescued from the Cook Building at MoD Southwick Park (formerly HMS Dryad) which has been decommissioned.

Cook Building was home to several Royal Navy training suites where personnel underwent tactical warfare training on type 22 and type 23 frigates and type 42 destroyers.

Some of the computers used to feed emulated data to the training suite were designed in the late 60’s and were fully operational right up until the closure in July 2011.

Phil Heathcote from BAE Systems contacted three museums with a view to preserving these historically important computers. It was finally agreed that the three museums could purchase the equipment from a government disposals agency and the pressure was on for each museum to raise their 1/3rd of the £1800 purchase price as well as additional funds to cover the logistics costs.

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