In the five areas that our military forces operate – on land, in the air, on the sea, beneath the sea, and in space – undersea operations are the least visible. For this reason alone, they offer the best stealth and surprise while influencing events in all five domains with minimal risk. Unfortunately, because submarine operations are virtually invisible and highly secretive, they are least understood and most frequently under-valued by the public at large.
Submarines provide our nation with a crucial intelligence-gathering capability that cannot be replicated by any other means. Submarines can monitor happenings in the air, surface, or subsurface littoral battle space. This provides a complete picture of events across all intelligence disciplines. They are also an intelligence “force-multiplier,” providing tip-offs of high interest events to other collection assets. Submarines are able to monitor underwater incidents and phenomena not detectable by any other sensor.
Since they are able to conduct extended operations in areas inaccessible to other platforms or systems, submarines can intercept signals of critical importance for monitoring international developments. Our submarines can provide real time alerts to National Command Authorities on indications of imminent hostilities. Unlike other intelligence collection systems such as satellites or reconnaissance aircraft, submarines are full-fledged war-fighting platforms carrying significant offensive firepower.
Submarines are an excellent means of covert insertion for special operations forces operating in the littorals. The submarine’s inherent stealth and endurance, as well as sophisticated communications equipment, sensors, and navigation suites, enable precise insertion of Navy SEALs and other special operations forces close to their objective and provide a reliable means for their extraction.
With all that being said, it is easy to say that submarines are without a doubt a crucial part of our nations military operations.
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