Accession Number : ADA328103

Title :   The Submarine Contribution to Operational Protection.

Descriptive Note : Final rept.,

Corporate Author : NAVAL WAR COLL NEWPORT RI

Personal Author(s) : Govan, Dale R.

PDF Url : ADA328103

Report Date : 19 MAY 1997

Pagination or Media Count : 24

Abstract : How can nuclear powered submarines (SSNs) contribute to joint force protection? Are these submarines essential to a joint force commander's concept of operations? Would their absence significantly alter his branch and sequel plans? Although SSNs represent a significant combat capability, do they possess the necessary range of capabilities to enhance operational protection in a given theater? SSNs can be a force multiplier in the right scenario. 'The modern attack submarine is a versatile multi-mission warship that is more survivable than any other naval vessel in history.' However, just as the special operating forces complement ground troops, SSNs complement the naval forces. SSNs can not accomplish all tasks all the time, but the capabilities they bring to joint force operations can free other forces to act in contributing areas to accomplish the overall mission. This is their forte. The principle missions submarines can perform have grown tremendously from the pre-World War II tasks. These tasks included covert strike warfare, surface warfare, undersea warfare, intelligence collection and surveillance, covert indication and warning, electronic warfare, special warfare, covert mine warfare, and battlegroup support. With so many capabilities available, the operational commander must rely on doctrine to incorporate these tasks into his concept of operations. This paper will attempt to articulate the fundamental principles to guide the use of SSNs in warfare. Just as air superiority against an adversary requires phasing of operations, so does undersea superiority. Submarines can best combine time and space with stealth to help prepare the littoral battlespace for future operations.

Descriptors :   *TACTICAL INTELLIGENCE, *NUCLEAR POWERED SUBMARINES, ELECTRONIC WARFARE, NAVY, PROTECTION, COVERT OPERATIONS, UNCONVENTIONAL WARFARE, ATTACK SUBMARINES.

Subject Categories : Submarine Engineering

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE