The world of Naval Mine Warfare, and a British film provide a historical context. A B-52 deploys Mk 64 stand-off mines. A Navy Mk VI Patrol Boat can also deliver mines.

The US Mk 65, first deployed in 1983, is a ‘new’ weapon. The Mk 65 is aircraft-laid bottom mines for use against shallow submarines and surface targets. Mk 65 is a 2000-pound weapon, employing a new concept, thin-walled, mine-type case, as opposed to the thick-walled bomb-type case of the Mk 64 and older variations that were re-purposed iron bombs.

Mk 65

To be fair to the Mk 65 naval mine, there have been upgrades.

The Mk 65 includes a special arming device, a nose fairing, and a tail section adaptable to parachute option. All mines have the capability of making arming-delay, sterilization, self-destruct, and other operational settings.

Good Enough?

What about bringing back a newer 2020’s version of an old favorite, the Mk 60 Captor (Encapsulated Torpedo) Mine? It was the US Navy’s only deep water anti-submarine naval mine. The mine can be placed by either aircraft, submarine or surface vessel. The torpedo, once placed, could last anywhere from weeks to years underwater.

Context

The original production contract of the CAPTOR mine was awarded to Goodyear Aerospace in 1972, and entered service in 1979.  It was hoped to reduce minefield costs and used in the creation of a barrier of the “Greenland-Iceland-United Kingdom gap to interrupt Soviet submarines in the event that deterrence failed.” The mine used Reliable Acoustic Path (RAP) sound propagation to passively identify and track the difference between hostile submarine signatures, surface vessels and friendly submarines. Once identified, the torpedo leaves its casing to destroy its target.

The Chinese (PLAN) Fleet

Laying CAPTOR mines in the shallower and deeper portions of the South China Sea could create problems for PLAN (Communist Chinese) Navy’s submarines and surface fleet. The old Mk 46 torpedoes have been replaced by the The Mk 50 ADCAP or Mk 54 (less expensive) U.S. Navy advanced lightweight torpedos for use against fast, submarines. Either would be very effective if also used as the active component of a naval mine.

Mk-54 MAKO

It’s time to think about the best ways of sinking the People’s Republic of China’s Army’s Navy’s ships.

12 COMMENTS

  1. You are probably aware, but your new format doesn’t play well with Android. I cannot speak to other platforms, but the slide across links to other posts are intrusive and on every third post, it seems, so large that the X at top left is off the screen, so cannot be removed, and the current post cannot easily be read at all. Additionally, the action point for the X is not always aligned, frequently resulting in erroneous selection of the link. Android phone using Google Chrome.

    • It doesn’t play well on a Windows 8 box running Opera as well.

      Current post has to be pulled from “recent posts” as the top post is at least two weeks old.

    • The software that I’m using is a Google product. I can’t do much about that until the software fix comes from on high.

    • I’m facing that issue on my phone, as well as one other: after a few days, I stop seeing the latest post unless I clear the browser cache. Otherwise, it takes one to an older view of the virtualmirage.com site without indicating there’s any new content. I have to wipe out the browser cache to see any new content once that starts happening. This is with Chrome and Brave (a fork of the released public domain Chrome code after Brendan Eich was hounded out of Mozilla by the Gay Mafia). I’ll try Firefox next. I refuse to use Edge or Internet Explorer (Microsoft products). That 2nd issue happens on both phone and desktop computers.

      • I’m using an i-phone 11 and it works fine. I’m not pimping the i-phone, just saying that’s what I use. I tend to test things with the tech I have at hand.

  2. The tech that humans come up with to combat the enemy…it is impressive to say the least.

    With current EMP capability it seems simpler to quietly blast the ChiCom ships with one of those, leaving their stuff disabled and bobbing on the sea…although less environmental than making reefs out of them at the bottom, but I wouldn’t complain. Better yet, do it off the Somali coast and let the hopped-up skinny pirates swarm them in their skiffs.

      • Me neither, other than winning is better than what we saw under Obama. I chalk my comment up to creativity after some seriously strong coffee.

    • The ChiCom ships (PLAN) are all hardened against EMP, just like our ships.

      Many years ago, I went on the Admiral Vinogradov, an Udaloy Class Soviet Destroyer (back when there was a USSR), and back when the ship was newer. They didn’t have seals on the water tight doors, so one hit would likely sink them, but they had huge capability for CBR defense (Chemical, Biological and Radiological-including EMP).

      • Well, it was good thought.

        Not surprising they harden their electronics but are vulnerable from a hit. I still say send the Somali pirates…those boys are crazy and will do just about anything for a new Mercedes to drive around town.

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