I'm back with another "someone help me understand better" question.
If stealth is the name of the game in ASW warfare, that IS the idea, right?
Submarines = the silent service - so noise is the enemy, no active emissions, no cavitation, "black hole in the ocean" thinking and doctrine.
Surface ships - from Submarine point of view = target.
Do I have it right so far?
Well, if ships assigned to ASW missions would ALSO be thinking noise is the enemy, correct? So likewise- noise = bad, no cavitation, the quieter operations - the better.
So if ASW equipped ships have ASW a/c embarked (and shore based, as well) and on mission, how come all ASW a/c loadouts have ONLY a mix of active and passive sonobuoy options?
If you are trying to hunt down a submarine to prosecute, and silence is the best way to keep yourself hidden, why have a/c involved in ASW operations with active sonobuoys, unless you have completely determined you have a viable target to prosecute?
Doing a ASW patrol with DICASS sonobuoys negates any silent advantages a patrolling A/C would have wouldn't it?
So how come there are no passive only loadouts for helo and sub-hunting patrol a/c to help maintain the element of stealth/silent tracking of a submarine?
Why let the submarine know that planes or surface ships are operating in the area by use of active measures?
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