Patent application, filed 21 Aug 2007
NAVAL UNDERSEA WARFARE CENTER DIV NEWPORT RI
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There is thus provided an underwater vehicle having facility for maneuvering alongside a retrieving vehicle, as by manipulation of bow and stern planes, for engaging a hull surface of the retrieving vehicle, and for pinning the underwater vehicle to the retrieving vehicle hull. Subsequently, the underwater vehicle can be removed from the hull of the retrieving vehicle. Alternatively, the underwater vehicle may be used as a guided mine which attaches to the hull of an enemy ship and detonates to open a large hole in the hull of the host ship. It will be understood that many additional changes in the details, materials, steps and arrangement of parts, which have been herein described and illustrated in order to explain the nature of the invention, may be made by those skilled in the art within the principles and scope of the invention as expressed in the appended claims.
- Submarine Engineering