The Sea Fox costs $45,000 each. They can only be used once. You can’t bring them back aboard once they’re armed to hunt. So, if the object you’ve tentatively identified as a mine turns out to be the engine off a crashed WWII plane, you have to self-destruct it. The Iranians have an estimated 30,000-70,000 mines ready to deploy. There is no way to clear the straits of that many mines.
Mine sweeping (where your towed device looks like a ship) is traditionally done three times and then the area is declared mine-free. But with that many mines you can set the ship counters at 20 or 100 ships and THEN the mine activates.
The only way to keep the straits clear is to bomb the mines before they are deployed. But that would take a president with testicles. In other words, we’d need President Sarah Palin. (Or, her equivalent.)
I wonder if the navy scientists have ever thought of a torpedo that in itself can fire multiple smaller torpedoes?
Each mini torp rocket assisted?
Put one on a programmed cruise pattern like in the baffles in silent mode, instant snapshot.