Soviet Naval Mine Warfare Forces
DOI link for Soviet Naval Mine Warfare Forces
Soviet Naval Mine Warfare Forces book
The label is particularly appropriate in the context of the Soviet Navy’s current and future mine and mine countermeasures capabilities. Paralleling the paucity of reliable, open-source data on contemporary Soviet mining and mine countermeasures capabilities is an almost total lack of Western knowledge about Soviet naval mine warfare intentions, mine warfare doctrine, and potential wartime mining strategies. Insufficient numbers of minesweeping vessels and ignorance of influence mines contributed heavily to the Soviet Navy’s disappointing wartime performance. Soviet naval countermeasures forces have been involved in overseas mine clearing operations on two, probably three, occasions since the end of the Second World War. The Soviet minesweeping flotilla apparently suffered under weather-related problems, including strong desert winds and heavy swells, which hampered search and supply efforts. Postwar Soviet mine development was heavily influenced by German advances in influence ignition. The Soviet Navy’s contemporary mine inventory includes both contact and non-contact mines.