You’re probably all aware that
has been conducting a search for a foreign (presumably Russian) submarine in their waters for the last week or so. That search has now been terminated, apparently. Sweden
Military.com News website published an Associated Press article with some interesting comments about the Swedish operation (1).
"'It's been a while since we conducted this type of operation.... We are a bit rusty,' Rear Adm. Anders Grenstad, chief of operations, told The Associated Press.
One of the major threats to
is submarine activity and it’s been awhile since they’ve conducted this type of operation?? A bit rusty?? You do get that war is a come as you are affair? The US Navy needs to take a lesson from this and start treating ASW seriously both in procurement and, more importantly, training. Sweden
"'The odds of us locating and taking action against a foreign underwater vessel is, due to the reduction of our capabilities and the complex environment in the littorals of the Baltic Sea, relatively small,' said retired navy Commander Christian Allerman, a task group chief in Sweden's anti-submarine warfare force in the 1990s.
This statement reinforces the conclusion that we’ve stated here on multiple occasions – that ASW is a very difficult mission and one that must be practiced tirelessly in order to be proficient. The USN practice of running a ship through a scripted exercise once a year as a check box on a pre-deployment workup is not the way to acquire proficiency.
phased out its anti-submarine helicopters in 2008 and isn't expecting replacements until 2018.” Sweden
Outstanding! Way to prepare. Thank goodness the US Navy would never do something that foolish. Oh wait … We sank an entire class of Spruance ASW destroyers!
“Apart from cutting defense spending,
has shifted its focus from territorial defense to international peacekeeping operations ..." Sweden
Does that sound somewhat familiar? The
has shifted its focus from high end combat to “presence”, crisis response, and humanitarian assistance. Well, guess what? Countries like US and Russia are shifting their focus to exactly the high end combat that we’re abandoning. What’s the likely outcome when those two trends ultimately collide? China
By the way, the much vaunted
was involved in the ASW search and produced nothing. To be fair, there may have been nothing to find. On the other hand, it should be clear that there is nothing magic about that ship, either. Visby
(1)Military.com News, "Submarine Hunt Exposes Swedish Readiness Gap",