Accession Number : ADA293726

Title :   The Submarine Threat to Naval Operations ... From the Sea.

Descriptive Note : Final rept.,

Corporate Author : NAVAL WAR COLL NEWPORT RI

Personal Author(s) : Buckley, Patrick E.

PDF Url : ADA293726

Report Date : 13 FEB 1995

Pagination or Media Count : 19

Abstract : The virtually unknown operations of the Argentinean Type-209 diesel-electric submarine ARA San Luis during the Falkland Islands War highlights the significance of a littoral submarine threat to naval operations. As the U.S. Navy focuses on future participation in joint operations in the littoral environment, operational planners must carefully assess the risk posed by a capable regional submarine force. Third World submarine force capabilities are improving significantly as new submarine technology and advanced weapons systems are incorporated into many Third World submarine forces. The potential impact that a future adversary's submarine operations could have on currently envisioned naval operations must be carefully evaluated. In preparing to counter a potential littoral submarine threat, the U.S. Navy should: (1) closely monitor and evaluate Third World submarine proliferation issues and current capabilities, (2) emphasize shallow water ASW tactical development and training, (3) develop technologies to exploit the shallow water environment, and (4) be prepared to incorporate an effective ASW strategy into future littoral operations.

Descriptors :   *MILITARY STRATEGY, *NAVAL OPERATIONS, *LITTORAL ZONES, *ANTISUBMARINE WARFARE, DEVELOPING NATIONS, DIESEL ENGINES, WARFARE, RISK, THREATS, WEAPON SYSTEMS, SHALLOW WATER, THREAT EVALUATION, JOINT MILITARY ACTIVITIES, NAVAL PLANNING, SUBMARINES, OCEAN ENVIRONMENTS, ADVANCED WEAPONS, ARGENTINA, FALKLAND ISLANDS.

Subject Categories : Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics
      Undersea and Antisubmarine Warfare
      Physical and Dynamic Oceanography
      Submarine Engineering

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE