Potential Water-Barrier Defense for Riverine Craft Makes a Splash
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In the final months of World War II, as the battle for the Pacific raged on, ship commanders employed out-of-the-box maneuvers to keep torpedoes, bombs, strafing, and even kamikaze aircraft, from hitting their ships. One creative defensive tactic used against approaching aircraft was to train the ship's gun at the water just in front of the plane in an effort to swamp it before it collided with the ship. Now, an NPS professor is revisiting this low-tech defensive tactic with some convincing data.