Accession Number : ADA310290

Title :   The SSN as a Strike Platform for the Littoral Region.

Descriptive Note : Monograph,

Corporate Author : ARMY COMMAND AND GENERAL STAFF COLL FORT LEAVENWORTH KS SCHOOL OF ADVANCED MIL ITARY STUDIES

Personal Author(s) : Lyddon, Peter

PDF Url : ADA310290

Report Date : 14 DEC 1995

Pagination or Media Count : 49

Abstract : In examining SSN operations, this paper first examines the traditional roles of the attack submarine, and then the evolution of its missions over the past five years to evaluate the impact of these changes on battle group and JTF operations. The paper then compares the SSN's capability to the Spruance-class destroyer; a common surface ship that is used for strike and shore bombardment operations. This paper then focuses on the issue of sea power from a coastal state's perspective and assess whether using the SSN in a strike role as the lead element to facilitate entry of follow-on maritime forces makes sense. SSN strike operations with submarine launched ATACMS are examined in the light of littoral demands and concludes that though SSNs can be capable of delivering ATACMS, this does not make the best use of the submarine's capabilities.

Descriptors :   *ANTISHIP WARFARE, *ATTACK SUBMARINES, *ANTISUBMARINE WARFARE, NAVAL WARFARE, SURFACE TO SURFACE MISSILES, SUBMARINE LAUNCHED, STRIKE WARFARE, DESTROYERS, UNDERWATER TO SURFACE MISSILES.

Subject Categories : Submarine Engineering
      Naval Surface Warfare
      Undersea and Antisubmarine Warfare

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE