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Ship organic mine countermeasures (MCM) for unencumbered maneuver from the sea
Author(s): Michael T. Cooper; Walter Rankin; John D. Lathrop; Steve F. Castelin; Hilding E. Nelson
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Paper Abstract

Mines present a severe and ongoing threat to operations of the Navy. They are available to any potential adversary. Dedicated mine countermeasures assets are not likely to be available in sufficient numbers to effectively counter the threat. Several systems can be mounted organically in surface combatant units. They include onboard systems and Remotely Operated Vehicles carrying Advanced Sensors capable of seamless mine detection in all waters. No one system can perform the entire mission, and a mix of appropriate systems will be required. This paper will describe the nature of the mine threat. It will discus various available systems that can be used organically with the Fleet, the considerations that were operative in the design of each system, and the special role that each system can play given its peculiar characteristics. It is stressed that the Navy will be forced to deal with mines for the indefinite future, and that solutions can be and have been found for this problem.

Paper Details

Date Published: 4 September 1998
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 3392, Detection and Remediation Technologies for Mines and Minelike Targets III, (4 September 1998); doi: 10.1117/12.324180
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Michael T. Cooper, Naval Surface Warfare Ctr. (United States)
Walter Rankin, Naval Surface Warfare Ctr. (United States)
John D. Lathrop, Naval Surface Warfare Ctr. (United States)
Steve F. Castelin, Naval Surface Warfare Ctr. (United States)
Hilding E. Nelson, Naval Surface Warfare Ctr. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3392:
Detection and Remediation Technologies for Mines and Minelike Targets III
Abinash C. Dubey; James F. Harvey; J. Thomas Broach, Editor(s)

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