Some ASW counsel that never gets old:
236″ />While doing some research on anti-mine and anti-submarine warfare (ASW) issues, I came upon this wonderful gem from a September 1964 ASW paper in the U.S. Naval Institute Proceedings. I strongly suspect that, at least for ASW, similar sentiment still holds true today:
“The problems in the field are tremendous, and getting worse, not only because of the increasing capabilities of submarines, but also because of the increasing complexity and capability of the weapons devised to combat them. These combine to make ASW a masochist’s paradise, bringing to mind the old story about the
man who loved to hit himself on the head with a hammer because it felt so good when he stopped…
…Perhaps the simile does not apply, though, because in ASW you never get the chance to stop hitting yourself on the head.”
I almost wish Proceedings would, on occasion, republish old papers that, you know, are–through dint of naval habit, tradition or just sheer cussedness–ageless.
We cannot keep ignoring the renaissance that is going on underneath the waves. It’s enough to make one wonder just why the Navy is so darn set upon restarting the old multi-purpose DDG-51 seaframe.