Under Water Inspection Capability

VideoRay Pro 4 ROV

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The Acquisition Directorate (CG-9) is reporting that the Coast Guard is getting some new equipment.

The devices are designed to “… accurately detect, classify and provide detailed images of threats or other items of interest underwater, such as parasitic hull attachments, improvised explosive devices, scuttled self-propelled semi-submersible vessels, lost Aids to Navigation (ATON) components or even lost personnel. Presently, divers search for these items, a time-consuming and costly process that yields marginal success and places divers in harm’s way. An underwater imaging capability would save labor, time and reduce risk.”

This post on the maker’s website, reporting the sale of the same system to the Dutch Navy, also talks about the CG acquisition and does a good job of describing it and its purpose.

Because we haven’t seen much of it in US ports, most Americans are not aware of how common unconventional attacks on shipping in ports have become, at least in wartime. The Italians were particularly good at these, scoring their first success in WWI, sinking an Austrian battleship. During WWII they made numerous attacks including sinking two British battleships in Alexandria in December, 1941 (a very bad month for battleships). The British also employed unconventional means. Their successes included severe damage to the battleship Tirpitz, sister ship of the Bismark, and an attack on the occupied port of Bordeaux. Viet Cong sappers made many such attacks during the Vietnam War. I could not find a reference, but I believe I remember seeing that they numbered in the hundreds including sinking the carrier escort (CVE) Card, being used as an aircraft transport. We talked about this a earlier, when we were discussing the future of the MSSTs. There is more background there and some interesting comments.

An Italian

 Photo: Italian slow speed torpedo or “pig”

2 thoughts on “Under Water Inspection Capability

  1. So…are we buying these because they’d be nice to have or has the over-all cost for these mini-subs gone down do too increased production to where the Coast Guard can now afford them?

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