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Depth Charges

Grenadier

Badgeman
Sorry if this is a bit of a bone question, but are /would depth charges still be part of anti submarine warfare or have things moved on a bit ? Just curious as I'm reading the cruel sea at the moment
 

Ballistic

War Hero
Sorry if this is a bit of a bone question, but are /would depth charges still be part of anti submarine warfare or have things moved on a bit ? Just curious as I'm reading the cruel sea at the moment
Depth charges (Mk11) were carried by ASW helicopters during my time (I left the RN in 2001) and according to Wikipedia they appear to be still part of the airborne arsenal of the Wildacat and the Merlin.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/AgustaWestland_AW159_Wildcat

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/AgustaWestland_AW101

I don't know how accurate that information is though.

The last shipborne depth charges were part of the A/S Mortar Mk.10 (Limbo) system in service until the 1980's

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Limbo_(weapon)

Hope that gives you some insight :)
 

crash_evans

War Hero
In fear of mixing OS and Secret, I will err on the side of caution.

Depth charges are used as a ‘intimidating’ weapon. Gone are the days that a depth charge would create mission failure damage. They would provide minimal disruption to a submarine broadband picture and would incite intent from above.

Moreover, it is now used in the ‘maritime stop’ role. A chuff off huge amount of water to signal the ship to stop.

It’s also useful to combat smaller submarines in the Arabian Gulf who operate at PD quite a lot.


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Grenadier

Badgeman
In fear of mixing OS and Secret, I will err on the side of caution.

Depth charges are used as a ‘intimidating’ weapon. Gone are the days that a depth charge would create mission failure damage. They would provide minimal disruption to a submarine broadband picture and would incite intent from above.

Moreover, it is now used in the ‘maritime stop’ role. A chuff off huge amount of water to signal the ship to stop.

It’s also useful to combat smaller submarines in the Arabian Gulf who operate at PD quite a lot.


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thanks mate
 

Waspie

War Hero
There used to be a VERY large depth charge until recently....... Google WE 177, though in fact it never actually existed... ;)
And I never actually loaded them and never, did I ever carry out "*****" procedures in the event of never having to drop one!!!! Honest - you can trust me!!!
 

Dusty70

War Hero
We carried the WE177A on the Plymouth and Achilles - wasn't the code name Green Parrot ? - used to have to watchkeep on it in HQ1 when it was onboard - the Wasp crew hated it as it was a virtual one way mission as they couldn't get far enough away after dropping it

They used to clear upper deck when they practised with it which told you exactly what it was they were doing - weird really
 

Sumo

War Hero
We carried the WE177A on the Plymouth and Achilles - wasn't the code name Green Parrot ? - used to have to watchkeep on it in HQ1 when it was onboard - the Wasp crew hated it as it was a virtual one way mission as they couldn't get far enough away after dropping it

They used to clear upper deck when they practised with it which told you exactly what it was they were doing - weird really
also when delivered to ship, jetty cleared, non essential bods cleared, MOD Plod everywhere, I wonder what they are getting delivered, personal mail for the skipper?
 

SONAR-BENDER

War Hero
We carried the WE177A on the Plymouth and Achilles - wasn't the code name Green Parrot ? - used to have to watchkeep on it in HQ1 when it was onboard - the Wasp crew hated it as it was a virtual one way mission as they couldn't get far enough away after dropping it

They used to clear upper deck when they practised with it which told you exactly what it was they were doing - weird really
Green Parrot was the 'code' name for an Admiral's barge as I recall.


However, same outcome if you dropped one I suppose!
 
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