Underneath? That's probably sonar or some other type of sensor package. Edit: yeah, that's part regarding the sonar array. The Block III Virginia Class has a redesigned bow & brand new sonar system. http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-kAlAS4QOf-0/VNBXat30TVI/AAAAAAAADYQ/3gOI_DZgWR0/s1600/Virginia%2Bclass%2Bsonar%2B.jpg ...
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- Underneath? That's probably sonar or some other kind of sensor package. Edit: yeah, that's part of the sonar array. The Block III Virginia Class has a redesigned bow & new sonar system. http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-kAlAS4QOf-0/VNBXat30TVI/AAAAAAAADYQ/3gOI_DZgWR0/s1600/Virginia%2Bclass%2Bsonar%2B.jpg
- How important is minefield mapping? I haven't heard of naval mines being used for a long time. Edit: just found out that the UK hasn't had any functional mines since 1992. Seems they've fallen out of favor.
- Mines are still some of the most cost effective tools for area denial. Especially in confined waters and littorals.
- But are there any current examples of their effectiveness? I can't honestly think of the last time I heard of a naval minefield.
- Last major example of mining I can think of is first Gulf War where the USS Tripoli and Princeton were both mined despite an intense effort to sweep the area. The reason there aren't too many current examples is a lack of naval conflicts where they can be used. Mines are even scarier for submarines as deep water mines can distinguish between the sonar signatures of various subs and then deploy a torpedo from the seabed.
- The US used mine fields in the Vietnam war to block off their harbors.
- Doesn't have to be a minefield, just the threat is enough. The very latest mine incidents I know if were during the hostilities in Libya
- Since there were only three mines, what type of mine would they have to be in order to be that effective a deterrent?
- It's not so much the type as the fact they were deployed that creates the deterrent. Often just a threat of mines is enough. A prudent captain, civilian or military, will not risk their vessel unnecessarily.
- Wiki gives a bit of info, but yeah, mines are largely out of favour. I'm sure newer technologies have been developed to stop indiscriminate damage.
- VERY. For example, if WWIII (ca 1985) were imminent, some 1000 CAPTOR mines (essentially a torpedo that waits) would be placed to plug the GIUK gap against the flood of soviet subs rushing into the north atlantic to strangle our transatlantic shipping and gun for our carriers. ca. 2015, mines are often the ONLY way an adversarial nation can sink a US sub with decent likelihood (except for russia, india, and maaaaybe china). They work well against subs for the same reason they work well against ships: they are darn hard, time-consuming, and dangerous to find. The US even built a dedicated class of minesweeper. Some 20 or so LCS vessels will now be mostly dedicated to hunting mines. edit: I was just thinking about other nations' subs, forgot about china's asw helos for a second.
- I never knew such a thing existed. This thing sounds fantastic.
- Multiple seals?
- Which hatch do you mean? The hatches that the SEALs use are topside, not in the bow. That's where all the weapons and sonar live.
- The Virginia class is a pretty cool ship. I got a job with Electric Boat not too long ago and seeing these things get built is amazing.
- Those light makes her look even more sleek. Nice.
- I'd love to se a time lapse from the inside of one of these. Like from the bow looking to the (stern?) Read more comments