CBRNE & EOD Defence

USN hones modular MCM mindset

10 July 2018

The US Navy (USN) is developing operational concepts for a more modular approach for mine countermeasures (MCM) mission packages initially scheduled for its Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) fleet that expands those missions across a greater range of platforms.

The USN has already started to broaden its approach in global mine hotspots such as the Gulf, and has tested MCM operations using other platforms in exercises.

“The LCS MCM mission package brings a full complement of new MCM capabilities to sea, ranging from detection to neutralisation, representing a true paradigm shift in MCM operations,” Captain Hans Lynch, USN Mine Warfare Branch chief, and Sam Taylor, Mine Warfare senior leader, Program Executive Office, Unmanned and Small Combatants, said in a recent blog for the Center for International Maritime Security.

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