A couple of days ago I wrote a post about the possibility that the US Navy may cut its attack sub force by as much as one-third. I then went on to explain how the sky was falling. Well, sort of.
Buckethead, a regular commenter on MO and a writer for the Ministry of Minor Perfidy, noted
Of course, subs are not our only asw [anti-submarine warfare] asset…
He’s totally correct. My post makes it sound like the only weapon we have to fight enemy subs are our own subs, and that simply isn’t true. I should have at least pointed this simple fact out, but I didn’t. The reason I post on it now is that this is the exact sort of omission that drives me nuts when I see it in the big media or on other websites.
Slap me down.
Incidentally, one of the coolest new anti-submarine technologies to surface (so to speak) is the Littoral Airborne Sensor- Hyperspectral (LASH), mentioned last August in MO here. LASH basically detects submerged submarines by noticing very slight changes in color around submarines, whales, and mines. It’s particularly useful near shore, where sonar isn’t as reliable.