Skip to comments.The Swarming Boat Problem –What Does it Mean? (A threat to our Navy)
Posted on 02/12/2012 6:03:45 PM PST by Ooh-Ah
The US Navy has been concerned for some time about the threat of swarming boats. This threat is seen as very strong where American warships go through narrow passageways like the Strait of Hormuz, or around important anchorages, as for example near key oil ports.
Kill ‘em all.
And then, if violated, DO IT.
Our weapons in Egypt will make the entire ME unsafe for US forces.
The solution is helicopter gun ships with night vision sighting. Shooting ducks in a barrel.
The USN probably has other solutions, but as long as they are unknown, they are harder to counter. Remember, loose lips sink ships. Literally.
How about an A-10 or this? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1URyNpiy4xA
I thought the USN had installed 57mm Bofors to enhance/fill in the gap between the anti-missile/anti-ship armaments?
I agree. They should shoot anything that is moving towards them.
At night, the motors on these boats will stand out like flares on overhead thermal imaging. A swarm of Predator-B's, each armed with up to 14 Hellfire missiles, would take them out quickly.
We also have a bunch of Mark V Special Operations Craft (SOC), a fast attack boat that can do 50 knots and carries 4 gun mounts (two on each side) which can be fitted with 7.62 mini guns or 40mm (youtube video
Correct. I’m sure if they’re close enough in that those small craft are a threat, there’s going to be air support. Bigtime.
Dont tell Senator/usefull idiot Feinstein.
Not sure if it has to hit something harder than a pontoon to go off.
It worked real well against terrorists hiding behind a concrete wall.
Around all of our warships? 24-7? For months on end?
Normally they’re well offshore where little craft like this wouldn’t venture, right?
The 57mm Bofors gun is only on the Littoral Combat ships (LCS). The gun's effectiveness is unproven. The LCS is not ready for deployment anywhere. It is a very large contraption and vulnerable to Iranian missiles and torpedoes as well as swarming boats. The Bofors gun reportedly can fire only a few seconds before it has to cool off. It is not clear why the Navy took a gun that has no track record in any Navy. Certainly it does not solve the swarming boat problem.
General Characteristics, Cyclone Class Builder: Bollinger Shipyards, Inc. Propulsion: Four Paxman diesels; four shafts; 3,350 shaft horsepower. Length: 179 feet (51.82 meters). Beam: 25 feet (7.62 meters). Displacement: 380 long tons (387 metric tons) full load. Speed: 35 knots (40 miles per hour; 65 kilometers/hr). Crew: Four officers, 24 enlisted personnel. Armament: One MK 96 and one MK 38 25mm machine guns; five .50 caliber machine guns; two MK 19 40mm automatic grenade launchers; two M-60 machine guns.
I take it you’ve never heard of night OPS?
I just posted a similar response on another thread.
The key is to understand the enemy. They KNOW they cannot win. But they know if a carrier is going through the straights, they fire off fifty missiles and send a swarm of boats. The concept is to get one hit. One poke in they eye of the Great Satan.
We have to change our concept of war over there. Sink one ship, and they are the guys who took us on.
And even more, think beyond sinking a carrier. Our smaller ships would not be able to withstand the onslaught.
Time to go back to the 50 cal. Quad mounts.
Those junks were supposedly fishing,but were really there to sound off when we launched a strike. Our defense against them wasn't there until they welded some .50 cal mounts on the catwalks all around the flight deck. The only high-speed contacts I remember were one early AM blips that sent us to GQ. Six high speed surface contacts were eliminated by diverting an A-6 Intruder from an en route night strike inland to the area of the contacts...which disappeared after a dump of maybe 22 bombs on their position.
Then point is you make do with what you've got or improvise.
Those 4 gun mounts can be fitted with much more that 7.62.
>> One wonders why, despite the depth of concern and the years the Navy has had to deal with the threat, very little (if anything) has been done to build proper countermeasures.
Let me just take a wild stab at this one: Because we promote to leadership positions admirals whose main ambition is to see that our submarines are “manned” entirely by lesbian “sailors”?
I would hope we’re smart enough to keep the our carriers out of range of small boats. That doesn’t mean we couldn’t be surprised by a bunch towed far out to sea beyond their expected range. If pirates do that, Iran certainly can. Unfortunately, Israel is the wild card. With us mostly out of Iraq, they have an easier route to Iran. We could end up being bystanders who take a hit after Israel attacks Iran’s nuclear facilities. I don’t expect us to escape taking a hit. I’ve said before I wouldn’t be surprised if we lose a carrier. There’s too much fuel and ordinance to not suffer serious damage and even a loss.
For exactly this purpose. Demos are awesome.
The article is kind of silly - talking about the gattling gun.
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Yeah, and cower in fear when female Senators question whether they should receive their pensions.
Yes, they can be fitted with .50 and 40mm grenade launchers, but at 3,000 rounds per minute, the 7.62 mini gun will shred a speed boat quite nicely. The tracer stream also makes it easier to guide onto the target from a moving boat.
Yes, but with a max effective range of 2000 meters compared to 1000 for the 7.62 a 50 cal is the way to go. This even more important when dealing with suicide mission targets. Now having 7.62 ready if they get past you outer line is good but nothing compares to the stopping power and range of a 50 cal on a small boat.
You have higher confidence than I do about the ability of a sailor on a moving, bouncing boat to hit a dodging speedboat at 2,000 meters using a non-gyro-stabilized gun. Our sailors are really good, I’m not sure they are that good.
One thing I might like to see on our patrol boats, for use against speedboats: TOW missiles with gyro-stabilized computer-assisted sights.
In narrow water ways, there is no "well offshore." Our warships will be threading their way civilian shipping, including trading, fishing and pleasure vessels of all kinds, a lot off it making short trips along the Gulf coast, or across it. If the Navy knows in advance when, and where,the Iranians will attack, I don't doubt that our aircraft and helicopters could easily destroy Iranian fast boats by the hundred. But I also think it is preposterous to think that the lack of guns on our warships isn't a big deal, because we have enough helicopters to give all of our warships 360° protection, 24-7.
all they need is one. There is no defense against a swarm attack of a few dozen smaller craft and probably a few dozen missiles launched at the same time. If we know this, they know this. Imagine what losing a carrier would do to our Navy. A Navy already tasked with reducing forces.
It will only take one hit for Obama to withdraw from the region. He’s just looking for an excuse to make gas $10 gallon so his Voltswagon will finally sell.
One of my buddies is a Captain in the USNR. I’ll see what he thinks.
I was in the Special Boat units when we did the acceptance trials on these boats. One of the criteria was the ability to launch Stinger, surface to air missles. I don’t think a TOW would be much more difficult.
One thing about TOW is that you need to keep the sights centered on the target to guide the missile to it, which is why I was talking about mounting some sort of gyro-stabilized platform for the sights (with the user able to control the thing from inside the boat while looking at the target on a display).
PS: thank you for your service!
Can they outrun lasers?
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