Accession Number : AD0600856

Title :   SUBMARINE VISIBILITY AND RELATED AMBIENT LIGHT STUDIES.

Descriptive Note : Final rept.,

Corporate Author : SCRIPPS INSTITUTION OF OCEANOGRAPHY SAN DIEGO CALIF VISIBILITY LAB

Personal Author(s) : Austin,R. W. ; Taylor,J. H.

Report Date : DEC 1963

Pagination or Media Count : 89

Abstract : The major effort which was undertaken during the one-year period was to provide requested support for two field operations whose purpose was the study of the visibility of submarines from aircraft. Neither of these operations were successful in providing the primary information which was being sought due mostly to the vagaries of the weather and the Cuban blockade. Recommendations are given for a plan for a future operation with more carefully controlled conditions and more restricted and specific objectives. Data was submitted for examination which had been obtained on several cruises of the USS REDFIN to various areas in the Atlantic Ocean. Within the limitations imposed by the lack of adequate documentation on many of the records these data were reduced and analyzed. Recommendations are made for uses of the data obtained, for improved methods and instrumentation to be used to obtain data in the future. It is suggested that further data be obtained with careful documentation followed by additional study and analysis. Such a program should be able to provide a methodology for the use of ambient light measuring equipment to assist submarine commanders in the accomplishment of their operational mission. (Author)

Descriptors :   (*SUBMARINES, VISIBILITY), (*VISIBILITY, SUBMARINES), (*SUBMARINES, DETECTION), (*UNDERWATER OBJECT LOCATORS, UNDERWATER LIGHT), *UNDERWATER LIGHTS, OPTICAL EQUIPMENT, OPERATIONS RESEARCH, AERIAL RECONNAISSANCE

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE