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Anyone living in/around Rota? Would like to ask a few questions.../SNIP/ thank you.


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Rota...now was that the scene of the infamous USAAF accident?

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Rota...now was that the scene of the infamous USAAF accident?
I don't know. I was on active duty from 61-81.

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I don't know. I was on active duty from 61-81.
I think it was in the early '60s...something to do with a B52 crash with thermo-nuclear bombs on board.
It was in Spain somewhere...

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I think it was in the early '60s...something to do with a B52 crash with thermo-nuclear bombs on board.
It was in Spain somewhere...
Palomares . Near to Cuevas de Almanzora.
1966 Palomares B-52 crash - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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I think it was in the early '60s...something to do with a B52 crash with thermo-nuclear bombs on board.
It was in Spain somewhere...
It was and to the best of my knowledge the weapons were recovered.

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It was and to the best of my knowledge the weapons were recovered.
Yes, but...
In 2004, a study revealed that there was still some significant contamination present in certain areas, and the Spanish government subsequently expropriated some plots of land which would otherwise have been slated for agriculture use or housing construction.[25] In early October 2006, the Spanish and United States governments agreed to decontaminate the remaining areas and share the workload and costs, which are hitherto unknown as it first needs to be determined to what extent leaching of the plutonium has occurred in the 40 years since the incident.
On October 11, 2006, Reuters reported that higher than normal levels of radiation were detected in snails and other wildlife in the region, indicating there may still be dangerous amounts of radioactive material underground.[22] The discovery occurred during an investigation being carried out by Spain's energy research agency CIEMAT and the U.S. Department of Energy. The U.S. and Spain agreed to share the cost of the initial investigation.
In April 2008, CIEMAT announced they had found two trenches, totalling 2,000 cubic metres (71,000 cu ft), where the U.S. Army stored contaminated earth during the 1966 operations. The American government agreed in 2004 to pay for the decontamination of the grounds, and the cost of the removal and transportation of the contaminated earth has been estimated at $2 million. The trenches were found near the cemetery, where one of the nuclear devices was retrieved in 1966, and they were probably dug at the last moment by American troops before leaving Palomares. CIEMAT expects to find remains of plutonium and americium once an exhaustive analysis of the earth is carried out.[26] [27] In a conversation in December 2009, the Spanish Foreign Minister Miguel Ángel Moratinos told the US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton that he feared Spanish public opinion might turn against the US once the results of the study on nuclear contamination were to be revealed.[28

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Sorry, don't know any ex military, but there are some on here...
Rifleman or exrifleman or smth like that??

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In 2004, a study revealed that there was still some significant contamination present in certain areas, and the Spanish government subsequently expropriated some plots of land which would otherwise have been slated for agriculture use or housing construction.[25] In early October 2006, the Spanish and United States governments agreed to decontaminate the remaining areas and share the workload and costs, which are hitherto unknown as it first needs to be determined to what extent leaching of the plutonium has occurred in the 40 years since the incident.
On October 11, 2006, Reuters reported that higher than normal levels of radiation were detected in snails and other wildlife in the region, indicating there may still be dangerous amounts of radioactive material underground.[22] The discovery occurred during an investigation being carried out by Spain's energy research agency CIEMAT and the U.S. Department of Energy. The U.S. and Spain agreed to share the cost of the initial investigation.
In April 2008, CIEMAT announced they had found two trenches, totalling 2,000 cubic metres (71,000 cu ft), where the U.S. Army stored contaminated earth during the 1966 operations. The American government agreed in 2004 to pay for the decontamination of the grounds, and the cost of the removal and transportation of the contaminated earth has been estimated at $2 million. The trenches were found near the cemetery, where one of the nuclear devices was retrieved in 1966, and they were probably dug at the last moment by American troops before leaving Palomares. CIEMAT expects to find remains of plutonium and americium once an exhaustive analysis of the earth is carried out.[26] [27] In a conversation in December 2009, the Spanish Foreign Minister Miguel Ángel Moratinos told the US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton that he feared Spanish public opinion might turn against the US once the results of the study on nuclear contamination were to be revealed.[28

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Sorry, don't know any ex military, but there are some on here...
Rifleman or exrifleman or smth like that??
Thank u, very informative......

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Hi,
I am retired Navy, spent much time in Rota, but don't currently live there. I am also wanting to make the move back permanently sometime in the next few years. I am also interested in any other American military living there that might be on this site.

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Hi,
I am retired Navy, spent much time in Rota, but don't currently live there. I am also wanting to make the move back permanently sometime in the next few years. I am also interested in any other American military living there that might be on this site.
In your opinion, would it be a nice place to retire to? If you get any feedback can you keep me in the loop? Thanks, Jim Ret AF

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