Operating mine countermeasure UUVs, like the Mark 18 Kingfisher, from amphibious ships, littoral combat ships, or destroyers would provide a more prompt initial response to a mine threat. (U.S. Navy / Jonah Stephanik)
Mine warfare must be a prime warfighting focus of the U.S. Navy and not a niche discipline. The U.S. Navy has never thoughtfully incorporated the asymmetric power of the sea mine into its fleet capabilities. Only after a crisis, when mine countermeasures forces are called to clean up a sea area, does the Navy experience an epiphany regarding the importance of sea mines. Mine warfare should not be an afterthought; it should be a first thought in maritime warfighting.