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originally posted by: Zaphod58
a reply to: pfishy
The diesel electric boats are naturally quiet to begin with.
Hunting a diesel boat in shallow waters is a naval captain's nightmare.
That is what concerns the U.S. Navy. Two things heighten the risk of a similar ambush by midget submarines against U.S. ships: the complex sonar picture of shallow water where these small subs can operate, and a post–Cold War decrease in anti-submarine training. "Instead of a large number of Soviet nuclear-powered submarines on the open ocean, advanced conventional submarines operating in the littorals have emerged as the most serious threat to U.S. forwardly deployed forces, military sealift and merchant shipping," Milan Vego, professor of operations at the Joint Military Operations Department at the Naval War College, wrote in a recent piece for Armed Forces Journal. "The emerging threats ... are minisubmarines, swimmer-delivery vehicles, remotely operated vehicles and autonomous underwater vehicles."
This week the Pentagon announced it would step up its anti-submarine training, engaging in exercises with South Korea. The decision is "a result of the findings of this recent incident," Pentagon spokesman Bryan Whitman told reporters. But crash courses in sub hunting may not help much; professionals admit it's an art as much as a science. The United States' sub-hunting abilities have atrophied since the Soviet Union dissolved. One obstacle to revamping anti-submarine training is bringing it out of simulators and into the real world. It takes a lot of effort to conduct a real sub hunt, but these skills need to be continuously honed. "The skills for successful conduct of anti-submarine warfare (ASW) must be maintained; otherwise, they will quickly atrophy," Vego warns.