Accession Number : ADA312180

Title :   Operational Employment of Fast Attack Submarines in Littoral Warfare-A Force Multiplier or a Force.

Descriptive Note : Final rept.,

Corporate Author : NAVAL WAR COLL NEWPORT RI

Personal Author(s) : Moss, Lee O.

PDF Url : ADA312180

Report Date : 20 MAY 1996

Pagination or Media Count : 22

Abstract : With the Navy's shift in focus from blue water operations to littoral warfare, significant effort has been expended toward developing operational concepts that optimize the employment of naval forces, with the emphasis being placed on the Naval Expeditionary Task Force (Carrier Battle group and Amphibious Ready Group). Submarines play a key role in tactical operations within the battle group, but also have the potential to have a significant impact on the operational level of war, if properly utilized by the theater CINC. In order to get the most out of the submarine force, the CINC must balance operational tasks with the tactical needs of the CJTF. If the CINC allows the CJTF to control the SSNs to conduct littoral warfare tasks, he is forfeiting some of his operational flexibility. By viewing the JTF as a unit operating at the operational/tactical level, the CINC can better focus on tasks that need to be accomplished at the operational level. Employment of SSNs at this level of warfare can fill the gap that has been left by the Navy's concentration on littoral warfare. Emphasis on the development of doctrine for littoral warfare need to focus on the value of the SSN at all levels of warfare. Proper integration at all levels will result in maximum flexibility and will restore blue water Navy capabilities to the theater commander.

Descriptors :   *NAVAL WARFARE, *LITTORAL ZONES, *ATTACK SUBMARINES, MILITARY OPERATIONS, LAND WARFARE, EMPLOYMENT, TASK FORCES, INTEGRATION, SHIFTING, AIRCRAFT CARRIERS, BLUE(COLOR), TACTICAL WARFARE, SUBMARINES, BATTLE GROUP LEVEL ORGANIZATIONS, DOCTRINE.

Subject Categories : Submarine Engineering
      Naval Surface Warfare

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE