I generally avoid simply repeating information from other sources but I occasionally make an exception for truly amazing works. One such is this link to a brief summary of the numbers and causes of US submarine losses in WWII. The Navy lost 52 submarines, almost all of them in the Pacific. Amazingly, only one was lost in the open ocean of the central Pacific. The rest were lost near land.
Below is a map showing the location of each loss.
Please follow the link and check out the site. You’ll find it fascinating and informative.
Here’s a few open questions you might want to ponder or comment on:
- What does this suggest about future submarine actions against the Chinese?
- What does this suggest about likely operating areas in future actions?
- What does this suggest about mid-ocean enemy submarine threats?
- What does this suggest about submarine support and basing requirements?
- What does this suggest about where our ASW resources should go in a war with China and how will we support and protect those resources?
- What does this suggest about the number of submarines we’ll need to prosecute a war relative to the number of submarines we have or are capable of building (2 per year)?