Chinese mine warfare threatens U.S. navy, as China tries to push U.S. forces as far away as possible

Sept. 16, 2019
The Navy’s record in coping with mine warfare is not particularly encouraging; counter-mine warfare has been one of the Navy's primary shortcomings.

WASHINGTON – Key point: The navy's record dealing with sea mines is not very encouraging, despite recent technological advances. The National Interest reports. Continue reading original article

The Military & Aerospace Electronics take:

16 Sept. 2019 -- The U.S. Navy also has been on the receiving end of skillfully employed mine warfare. Today, the evidence continues to mount that the employment of sea mines remains a core tenet of Chinese naval war-fighting doctrine.

American defense analyses continue to downplay this threat, yet skillfully deployed mines in massive numbers could prove a critical difference maker during the early phases of naval combat in the Western Pacific.

Another way to respond to Chinese mine warfare prowess is by increasing U.S. offensive mine warfare capabilities. It is true that China’s navy and indeed its whole enormous maritime trade is vulnerable to mine warfare.

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John Keller, chief editor
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