I can see the use of VLS especially since there appear to be a minimum of moving parts to break, but from the video clips I've seen I'm a bit nervous about the ones showing flames flickering out of the tube. Of course being a retired submarine sailor I'm not very happy seeing any hint of a fire onboard any ship or structure. Fire is on the same level of water inside the people tank, a.k.a. pressure hull.phavoc wrote: ↑Thu Mar 16, 2017 12:49 pmYeah, earlier destroyers and cruisers had a dedicated 8 (or 10) cell launcher mounted forward. Today everything is going VLS.snrdg121408 wrote: ↑Wed Mar 15, 2017 9:40 pmI did a search on ASROC which brought up the Naval Weapons site http://www.navweaps.com/Weapons/WMUS_ASROC.php. The system I remember is pictured as a type of box launcher and the newest system is the vertical launch type.
The vertical launch system in my opinion fits MgT Vehicle Handbook's definition for a fixed mount.
The launcher in the ASROC link and the twin rail launcher shown on the MgT Vehicle Handbook Achilles frigate on p. 92 I'm sure are not fixed mounts, however I'm not sure what mount type to select.
Nuts, I forgot about the Phalanx part but I remember seeing what I think was a Phalanx on a carrier that was close to the stern and slightly lower than the flight deck. I'll have to look through some of my books and online to see where they stuck them through the years.
Thank you for the reply.
Nimitz class carriers have, I think, 4, phalanx launchers mounted, 2 forward and 2 aft. I know there's been a push to put the RAM (rolling airframe missile) launcher in some of the same sponsoons. The RAM's are able to intercept cruise missiles as well, just further away.
IIRC the phalanx in theory is supposed to be able to knock out cruise missiles too and I agree with anything that knocks out threats as far away from a ship, especially one I was on, is something to push.