Unmanned and autonomous underwater vehicles are playing a greater role in the technology and tactics of mine countermeasures, even as Western navies evaluate different ways of dealing with these weapons. The U.S. Navy, for example, is embracing new concepts such as modular capabilities incorporated as an organic part of the combat system of major warships and submarines, while getting rid of many dedicated mine countermeasure (MCM) vessels, particularly the Italian-designed ...

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