posted on Jul, 12 2012 @ 12:52 PM
Originally posted by ANNED
The US has some of the best mine sweeping ships and equipment in the world.
I surely hope so. Apparently some of the sailors are not terribly happy with the current Avenger-class ships. See
comments in Navy Times here
. The newest MCM-14
was commissioned in 1990, so the fleet is about 25 years old. They're also slow, so the Navy decided to send them over to Bahrain on a heavy lift ship
out of concerns for wear and tear of a long sea voyage (which tends to confirm the issue.)
I have heard "concerns" (otherwise known as bitching) that the AN/SLQ-48 disposal system is outmoded and unreliable and THAT is the reason why the
submersibles were sent out, to augment, i.e.: "cover for", the SLQ-48s.. Part of the issue appears to be that the MCM mission was to be taken over by
the newer littoral combat ships, but we have only two of those which have gone way over budget, and their future is in doubt. Meanwhile, we have only
14 MCMs and now 8 of them are in Bahrain.
This also shows you how headlines can be sensational. When the deployment was first announced the headlines read: "US to DOUBLE minesweeper presence
in the Gulf!" That gives you the impression of a "big buildup" and is part of what causes the WW III frenzy. What does that mean, exactly? Are we
going from 100 ships to 200? That WOULD be a "big buldup." Actually, we're going from 4 to 8. That's double all right, but hardly constitutes a "big
buildup." It is effectively (and literally) one shipment.
I absolutely agree that two can play at that game and from a military perspective, the Iranians are out-classed at every point. Ironic that when I was
working for NAVSEA, one of the largest programs, aside from Trident, was the Iranian Naval Upgrade Program. We built their Navy for them. In any case,
as you well know from your own service, sensationalistic headlines and public perception can be more important than military reality. All you have to
do is have CNN report that the sky is falling and the DOW will drop several hundred points. It's insane rhetoric that has nothing to do with what is
edit on 7/12/2012 by schuyler because: (no reason given)