Consider the following hypothetical conversation between a strike group commander (SGC) and his submarine element coordinator (SEC) during America's next major naval war:
SGC: Commander, we have to get some submarines closer to the ASW fight! We've already lost a couple guided-missile destroyers, and ballistic-missile attacks and bad weather have taken a lot of our maritime patrol aircraft out of the picture. The weather is getting too rough for the littoral combat ships to launch and recover their ASW vehicles. We can't launch F-18s if we have to keep reacting to all of these diesel sightings.
SEC: Yes sir, admiral. Conditions are still pretty good for acoustic search, and it is definitely becoming a target-rich ASW environment. I also think that the SSN heavyweight torpedoes will perform better against these diesel subs than what we've been seeing from air-dropped torps.
SGC: How long will it take to change submarine operating area assignments so we can get a couple SSNs in there?