Cold War: A Brief History

Operation Crossroads: Able Test

Operation Crossroads ABLE test

Operation Crossroads ABLE test

Yield: 21 kilotons
Date: 6/ 30/ 1946
Location: Bikini Atoll
Series: Crossroads
Type: Airdrop

The purpose of the tests was to examine the effects of nuclear explosions on naval vessels, planes, and animals. A fleet of 95 surplus and captured ships anchored in the Bikini Atoll lagoon in the Marshall Islands were used as targets.

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