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AN/SLQ-38 Standard Mechanical Minesweep

AN/SLQ-38 is the relatively new designation given to the Oropesa minesweeping equipment which has been used on the large US Navy sweepers since the early days of World War II. The gear is rugged, stable, and effective. It is also versatile in that it can be rigged to one or both sides, and used in conjunction with another ship on a catenary configuration. It can provide the diverting means for the complex magnetic and acoustic sweep configurations. Current versions are fabricated from non-magnetic material.

It sweeps for moored mines - those which float in the water volume tethered by a mooring cable to an anchor on the ocean bottom - by cutting the mine mooring cable with cutters attached to the diverted sweep wire. It is standard equipment for MCM 1 class ships.




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