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To: penelopesire
The Littoral Zone is the area from the beach to about 600 ft. (100 fathoms, or 183 meters) of water.

Imagine trying to perform submarine operations, or even surface naval ops there. Bathymetry may be changeable and complex. Fresh, brackish, and salt water masses may be present and mixing (which would significantly complicate sonar interpretation). Turbidity may mask visual sightings from the air as well.

It is an environment especially well suited to shallow draft, fast, maneuverable vessels, and can provide a significant home turf advantage.

Small, quiet subs which can lay doggo in the right places and fast gunboats/missile boats would be especially well suited to fight in this environment.

Survivability might be low, but the emphasis is on destroying superior forces with lesser vessels(--right up a jihadi's alley).

Air power can be a decisive factor.

All things being equal, though, I guess it would be the equivalent of a bar room brawl on a school bus, driving in and out of darkened tunnels.

104 posted on 01/15/2006 6:45:36 AM PST by Smokin' Joe (How often God must weep at humans' folly.)
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To: Smokin' Joe

Thanks for the info. So this submarine is not something that could make it to our shores with a nuke and would be used mainly for a defense of their own waters? Just curious how far this sub could travel.


107 posted on 01/15/2006 6:51:59 AM PST by penelopesire
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To: Smokin' Joe

"......Small, quiet subs which can lay doggo in the right places and fast gunboats/missile boats would be especially well suited to fight in this environment.

Survivability might be low, but the emphasis is on destroying superior forces with lesser vessels(--right up a jihadi's alley).

Air power can be a decisive factor."



The thought of catching hard targets in shallow water must give some of our Orion or Viking ASW types a......well, great feeling of enthusiasm.

Only bad news is that they might run out of targets before they all get to fire live rounds.


114 posted on 01/15/2006 8:21:40 AM PST by Unrepentant VN Vet (I can't really accept a welcome home until the last MIA does.)
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