The SSN as a Strike Platform for the Littoral Region.
ARMY COMMAND AND GENERAL STAFF COLL FORT LEAVENWORTH KS SCHOOL OF ADVANCED MIL ITARY STUDIES
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In examining SSN operations, this paper first examines the traditional roles of the attack submarine, and then the evolution of its missions over the past five years to evaluate the impact of these changes on battle group and JTF operations. The paper then compares the SSNs capability to the Spruance-class destroyer a common surface ship that is used for strike and shore bombardment operations. This paper then focuses on the issue of sea power from a coastal states perspective and assess whether using the SSN in a strike role as the lead element to facilitate entry of follow-on maritime forces makes sense. SSN strike operations with submarine launched ATACMS are examined in the light of littoral demands and concludes that though SSNs can be capable of delivering ATACMS, this does not make the best use of the submarines capabilities.
- Submarine Engineering
- Naval Surface Warfare
- Undersea and Antisubmarine Warfare