Modern sperrbrecher minesweepers

Discussion in 'Alternate History Discussion: After 1900' started by Khanzeer, Jun 2, 2019.

  1. Khanzeer Well-Known Member

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    Is there any way sperrbrecher type naval warfare ships can make a comeback in the post 1945 period?

    Given that modern MCM vessels are not very numerous even amongst the most powerful navies

    Can modern incarnation of sperrbrecher like craft fill that role ? How will they impact modern post 1945 naval minewarfare
     
  2. Gunnarnz Well-Known Member

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    Wikipedia says they suffered heavy losses in their designed role (i.e. clearing paths through minefields by running into the mines!) and as soon as accoustic and magnetic mines came along they became ineffective. Against modern mines, I suspect they'd be even less effective.

    All that being said, you could take a similar hull and turn it into a mine/torpedo-decoy. There are already decoys towed behind ships to attract torpedoes, and presumably the same technology could be made more effective if it didn't have to fit into a small and disposable hull. You could add accoustic and magnetic gadgetry to emulate the signatures of larger vessels, stuff any empty space with polystyrene to help keep it afloat when it takes a hit, and have the most nervous crew of any warship around.

    The idea has some merit - during the 'Tanker War' part of the Gulf War (1980-88), supertankers escorted warships because they could take a hit from a mine or missile and a frigate probably couldn't. But honestly, it's far better to not get hit in the first place. I don't think there are any navies post 1945 which could afford to have a bunch of single-purpose mine decoy ships hanging around, so you'd need something else they could do when there weren't any minefields to clear.
     
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  3. Khanzeer Well-Known Member

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    In a very limited scope, i.e escorting majors warships to and from ports and help them navigate through critical chokepoints like the entrance / exit of naval bases maybe they have a role ?
     
  4. Jukra Well-Known Member

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    Better to use drone ships, they have been used for MCM duties for decades, at least since Vietnam War.
     
  5. Khanzeer Well-Known Member

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    Did any other navies esp Soviets had that technology?
     
  6. Gunnarnz Well-Known Member

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    Sure - we're basically talking about a radio control system with a few TV links as well. Practically any industrialised country could produce a simple system like that anytime after 1950 or so, and by 1970 or so practically any country at all.
     
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