The ASW “Six Pack”
By Ensign John W. Skipper, U. S. Navy
The requirement to continuously improve the antisubmarine warfare capability of the U. S. Navy has been well documented, and, with varying degrees of success, several special projects and designs have been explored to fulfill this requirement. The following concept is proposed purely for academic discussion and is not necessarily a design proposal.
The scene takes place in the mid-Atlantic. An ASW ship has been dispatched to investigate a suspected submarine contact which was reported earlier by an aircraft. Arriving at datum at 50 knots, the ship slows to 22 knots, divides herself into six separate units and begins to search a portion of ocean 140 miles wide. How is this possible? This is an ASW barge-train, doing its thing.