Thinking of the Old Breed – Underwater
Some of this blog’s readers served on nuclear-powered submarines. There may even be a one or two who served on GUPPY (Greater Underwater Propulsion Power) diesel/electric boats or WW2 Fleet boats. But the old S-Class submarines, which were forward deployed during the early days of WW2 and the R-Class boats which had short legs, were largely defensive, and had been redundant by 1939 go forgotten. However, though they had passed from service, their crews formed the backbone of chief petty officers who fought in the Second World War where submarines contributed massively to the defeat of the Japanese Empire.
USS R-14 (SS-91), engine room pictured below, was an R-class coastal and harbor defense submarine of the United States Navy. Her keel was laid down by the Fore River Shipbuilding Company, in Quincy, Massachusetts on 6 November 1918. She was launched on 10 October 1919.
Waepnedmann wrote (on this blog): When you decide to get serious (and someone who packs a Ruger Alaskan in .454 Casull is serious) about shooting slugs check out Ithica’s 3 1\2 inch 10 gauge “Roadblocker”. Specifically designed to stop vehicles.
Modern ammo design could turn it into a multi threat platform.
It only has a two round magazine due to a recoil mitigating mechanism, but I would wager three rounds is all you would want to shoot in quick succession.
They stopped making them, but I bet you could find one in some local SOs armory.
I don’t own a Roadblocker and I suspect that appropriate ammunition would be difficult to find, but, yeah.
The .458 Socom round (fired from an AR platform and AR mags) was created to help stop automobiles as driven by hajjis in the Middle East. By all accounts they work. I don’t have one, but it’s on the list. There are a wide variety of ammunition options.
Small arms (not that small) firing the .50 BMG also work well at point blank range against vehicular targets, but they can’t be easily swung onto target and shoulder fired. So while they work, it’s a bit more complicated to make them work easily.
And while it’s a pistol round, the .454 Casull rounds available, fired from a Ruger Super Redhawk Alaskan provide a significant ‘defensive’ punch in a relatively small frame. The .44 S&W Magnum with well engineered bullets produces a similar and satisfactory result.
Maritime Interdiction Capacity
(LINK) Claudio Bertinetto brought this article to my attention. He was right, I found it interesting. It brought up questions to pose to you, dear readers. Private oil concerns have a lot of drilling underway in the waters around Mozambique. (Italy’s EIN being but one) With next to no capacity to defend its territorial waters, Mozambique can’t offer much in the way of defense from terrorist/pirates.
The article is worth a read, but it begs the question of whether national interests should send ships or whether the oil companies should hire gunboats to protect their interests. There are nations which would “rent” their naval assets to oil companies, but sometimes those moves bring with them political situations that would not be appealing to parent nations. For example, what if only Russian mercenaries were available to American drilling companies? What would the blowback be? Or would the US Navy be better off sending its on ships. We have a lot of near worthless LCS that could be sent there with a mother ship.