Vernon Monument - Les Johnson FRBS

The campaign to design, construct and install a monument, dedicated to the naval and military heritage of HMS Vernon, in Portsmouth, Hampshire.


Graphic Impression of the Vernon Monument in Situ

The fourteen-ton stone, bronze and steel structure will incorporate the dynamic above-water creation of renowned sculptor Les Johnson FRBS.  It depicts a Royal Navy Clearance Diver in typical diving equipment (CDBA – a derivative of the Davis Submerged Escape Apparatus (DSEA) used from the institution of the branch in 1952 until its replacement in the mid-1990s) placing an explosive charge on a publicly identifiable swept moored mine (sometimes referred to as a buoyant mine) which has become fouled on a wreck on the seabed.



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