Just Mines Please!

Babcock, John E.
July 2005
U.S. Naval Institute Proceedings;Jul2005, Vol. 131 Issue 7, p47
Conference Proceeding
The article focuses on the impact of the littoral combat ship (LCS) on mine warfare. While the LCS will be a valued addition to the surface force, several challenges must be met if the LCS is to successfully replace dedicated surface mine countermeasures (MCM) ships. Mine warfare requires significant expertise. Due to the small size of the MCM fleet, this expertise is found in a very limited group of sailors. In theory, the LCS should increase the mine warfare knowledge and experience base because of the ship's multi-mission capability. The LCS can be an excellent platform that allows fewer hulls to perform multiple functions in today's leaner, budget-conscious Navy.


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