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Outstanding Quote

April 20, 2010

The redoubtable Phil Ewing of Scoop Deck offers up a bevy of new books exploring traditional small warships, the true destroyers and MGB’s of the war years. Within his comments is a familiar outstanding quote:

One thing you do learn is that then, as now, one of the most effective weapons against a small boat is another small boat. Or ship.

Giving us  proven historical lessons, that small warships which provided the antidote to the German U-boat scourge might be what is needed for the modern scourge of piracy, and small boat threats from rogue powers. Forgotten lessons of real combat.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. papa legba permalink
    April 21, 2010 12:15 pm

    Jed said: But historically the best anti-small boat was another small boat, because no one had yet invented the gattling gun, missile toting H E L I C O P T E R ?

    The helicopter is an excellent small boat hunter, but it’s unwise to rely upon it exclusively. A copter is a complex, maintenance-hungry machine that can be grounded for reasons ranging from bad weather to engine trouble to electronics failure. There’s a tendency to rely on the ship’s helicopter more and more in modern designs, particularly in the field of anti-submarine warfare. I think that’s a dangerous concentration, since it puts so much of the ship’s capability at the mercy of such a delicate machine.

    Also in the ‘littoral’ e-boats often got a good drubbing from Bristol Beaufort’s, De Havilland Mosquito’s , Hurricanes, Spitfires, Tempests, Mustangs etc etc etc…. :-)

    As did cruisers, destroyers, and aircraft carriers. Vulnerability to air power is a problem for anything that floats on water.

  2. Jed permalink
    April 21, 2010 11:32 am

    But historically the best anti-small boat was another small boat, because no one had yet invented the gattling gun, missile toting H E L I C O P T E R ?

    Also in the ‘littoral’ e-boats often got a good drubbing from Bristol Beaufort’s, De Havilland Mosquito’s , Hurricanes, Spitfires, Tempests, Mustangs etc etc etc…. :-)

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