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Personal logo Editor in Chief Bill The Editor of TMP Fezian25 Jan 2018 8:31 p.m. PST

Naval mines and underwater improvised explosive devices (M/UWIED) are a threat to U.S. homeland waters and maritime forces abroad. Because the nation relies on the sea for commerce and defense, the Coast Guard and Navy need to recognize and reorient toward this threat…


Cacique Caribe Inactive Member25 Jan 2018 9:14 p.m. PST

When did they start thinking that mines wouldn't be an issue any longer?


dragon626 Jan 2018 10:07 a.m. PST

At the end of WW2.
It's grubby and time consuming.
Mine sweepers/hunters are small and slow not sleek and fast.

addendum: Read Tanker War by Zatarain: It covers the need for mine hunters and how the USN was woefully unprepared. Or the 1st Gulf War when you would think they would be ready but still weren't.

All of the Ospreys built have been disposed and some of the Avengers.

Murvihill26 Jan 2018 11:08 a.m. PST

I think the US believes our allies in NATO/SEATO will deal with mines. Considering how hard it is to get smaller vessels across the ocean it makes sense. I think the US needs more mine warfare assets.

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