Thursday, September 29, 2016

The U.S. Navy Has A Plan To Save Its Aircraft Carriers From Multiple Torpedo Attacks

The Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) transits up the Elizabeth River as it passes the downtown Norfolk waterfront after completing a successful and on-time six-month Planned Incremental Availability at the Norfolk Naval Shipyard in Portsmouth, VA. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Tyler Folnsbee/Released)

Kris Osborn, National Interest: The US Navy's Master Plan to Save Aircraft Carriers from Lethal Torpedo Attacks

The Navy is arming aircraft carriers with a prototype high-tech torpedo defense technology able to detect, classify, track and destroy incoming enemy torpedoes, service officials said.

The Anti-Torpedo Defense System, currently installed on five aircraft carriers and deployed on one carrier at the moment, is slated to be fully operational by 2022.

The overall SSTD system, which consists of a sensor, processor and small interceptor missile, is a first-of-its-kind "hard kill" countermeasure for ships and carriers designed to defeat torpedoes, Navy officials said.

The emerging Surface Ship Torpedo Defense technology includes the Anti-Torpedo Defense System, or ATTDS and an SLQ-25 Acoustic Device Countermeasure; the ATTDS consists of a Countermeasure Anti-Torpedo program and Torpedo Warning System.

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WNU Editor: The US Navy has obviously gone out of its way to keep the details of this technology secret .... but it must be very impressive for them to sound this confident on what these counter-measures are capable of doing.


Jay Farquharson said...

They are lying. Their high tech plan to protect Carriers from torpedo attack, is that the drydock takes all the hits.

War News Updates Editor said...

You are probably right Jay. Drydock .... that is a good one.

Anonymous said...

I have been told that when a carrier is deployed there is always a (friendly)sub sitting underneath it (not in the Suez ;-)). I'm sure that's more of a figure of speech than an actual fact, I'm guessing they are somewhere close by. Though I'm not sure if a sub can do anything against torpedo's unless it neutralizes the threat before he gets off a shot.

My source who was on carriers in the 70's and 80's said the threat torpedo's posed to a carrier were by far the most serious (and scary).

Jay Farquharson said...

Older Carriers have belt armour, newer carriers have section armour, no carriers have armoured bottoms.

A torpedo, striking below the waterline, or underneath, "breaks it's back" the keel.

A, a single torpedo, unless it's a nuclear Shikval, isn't going to sink a Carrier, but:

All you need to do is inflict enough damage to disrupt flight operations, then a Carrier becomes a million ton lump of steel with 1500 people on board that needs to be carefully escorted back to the UE by the whole Carrier Group for repairs, a 6 month minimum journey.

TWN said...

Like the Battleship and Horse Calvary the carrier is/has become obsolete,like the Generals and Admirals of the 1920's and 30's they are way to stupid to realize, this goes for tanks as well, the Missile is the New God of War, like it or not.