Accession Number : ADD014780

Title :   Submarine Minesweeper.

Descriptive Note : Patent, filed 18 May 73, patented 27 Nov 90,

Corporate Author : DEPARTMENT OF THE NAVY WASHINGTON DC

Personal Author(s) : Shumaker, Richard K ; Jones, Louis F

Report Date : 27 Nov 1990

Pagination or Media Count : 10

Abstract : An unmanned, self-propelled minesweeping apparatus, capable of sweeping at substantial depths, is described, comprising a torpedo-like submarine vehicle that deploys and tows a string of explosive mooring cable cutters terminating in a sea anchor. The sea anchor serves as a carrier for the cutters and the towline and, after ejection as a package from the vehicle, is actuated to an expanded condition and displaces the cutters and coils of towline therefrom. Keywords: Patents; Underwater mines; Minesweeping equipment; Unmanned submarines; Self propelled minesweepers; Moored mines; Mine clearance; Cable cutting devices.

Descriptors :   CABLE CUTTING DEVICES, CABLES, COILS, CUTTERS, EJECTION, EXPANSION, EXPLOSIVES, MINE CLEARANCE, MINESWEEPERS, MINESWEEPING, MINESWEEPING EQUIPMENT, MOORED MINES, MOORING, PATENTS, SELF PROPELLED, SUBMARINES, TORPEDOES, TOWING CABLES, UNDERWATER MINES, UNMANNED, VEHICLES

Subject Categories : Underwater Ordnance

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE