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By Donald C. Daniel

The assumption that ballistic missile submarines or SSBs are hugely survivable is the first for the reason that they've got become considered as the last word guarantors of nuclear deterrence and for this reason, of strategic balance. however, because the first deployment of SSBNs greater than twenty years in the past, it's been the perform of many Western ( and possibly additionally Soviet) policy-makers and observers to be prudently skeptical in regards to the survivability of the submarines within the long-term. The expression of such perspectives used to be often associated with allusions to potential anti-submarine struggle (ASW) advancements, yet, other than most likely within the previous couple of years, such assertions had no major o lasting impression at the consensus that the submarines might most likely stay survivable.

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Biological luminescence A submarine's·passage disrupts biological life in the vicinity of its track. For ASW purposes, the biological effect of greatest interest is marine bioluminescence. A moving submarine 42 Generic Considerations can mechanically disturb plants and animals and stimulate them to glow or emit visible light. According to a chief of US naval research in the early 1960s, 'This phenomenon has made surface vessels, submarines, and mine fields detectable from the air. In fact, during World War Two a number of ships and torpedo boats were detected and attacked as a result of their bioluminescent wakes'.

1 For observables presumed to be detectable through passive means, a description will be followed by enquiry into how far the signal might spread, how long it might persist, and what effect the environment and submarine countermeasures can have on its being detected. C. Daniel, Anti-Submarine Warfare and Superpower Strategic Stability © International Institute for Strategic Studies 1986 28 Generic Considerations sensors, the questions of spreading, environmental effects, and countermeasures remain relevant, but that of persistence does not since it is the ASW hunter who himself generates and transmits the bursts of energy which indicate the presence of a submarine.

The most significant of the horizontal boundaries, other than the sea surface and bottom, are the separations between water-layers differing sharply in temperature profile. A highly simplified picture of much of the oceans would show three layers whose depths and extent vary with latitude, season, and time of day. These are: a surface isothermal layer, ranging from a few tens to a few hundred metres, where temperature is relatively constant because of the mixing of water by wind and wave action; a middle or 'main thermocline' layer, up to about lOOOm wide, where temperature drops rapidly and is little affected by variations in surface conditions; and a deep isothermal layer where temperature is again nearly constant.

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