Accession Number : AD0656507

Title :   SUBMARINE CABLE ACTIVITIES,

Corporate Author : NAVY ELECTRONICS LAB SAN DIEGO CALIF

Personal Author(s) : Williams,Guy V.

Report Date : DEC 1956

Pagination or Media Count : 47

Abstract : The LCU (6) type hull lends itself particularly well to conversion into a harbor defense vessel. The conversion may be made for a cost of approximately $175,000. The vessel has a design capability of laying one nautical mile of a completed cable system per day. The vessel can be successfully utilized as a mine planter. The vessel has a maximum cable storage capacity of 80 tons, and can handle sea units up to 5 tons in weight. Fifteen people are required to operate the vessel and her specialized equipment. Dockside and sea trials have verified design operational requirements. Approximately 1,000,000 feet of submarine cable has been handled by the vessel during the first eight months of operation following her conversion, without a single failure of her cable machinery. The conversion has resulted in a self-supporting unit capable of independent submarine-cable-laying and maintenance operations in addition to a wide variety of other tasks requiring specialized equipment. Additional deck space may be created by splicing in part of a hull section from another similar LCU. The lengthening of the hull will make little or no difference in performance of the vessel. The vessel may be readily transported to any desired forward area or advanced base, by loading her into the dock-well of a Landing Ship Dock (LSD).

Descriptors :   (*MINELAYERS, *LANDING CRAFT), MINELAYING, ELECTRIC CABLES, UNDERWATER, OPERATION

Subject Categories : Electrical and Electronic Equipment
      Marine Engineering
      Ammunition and Explosives

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE