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Old 03-20-2016, 04:53 PM   #36
xoxoxoBruce
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Kind of boatish so I'll sick it here, although it could go in WTF as well.

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The buoy would have an observation area from which our unlucky guardian would scan the seas; once a ship was spotted, the buoy would submerge to periscope depth, and after some time the nationality of the ship would be identified; at that point if an enemy ship is recognized the operator could submerge the buoy further (being anchored to the sea floor) via a winch to 50 or 60 feet beneath the surface, and then when the mine made contact (proximity or otherwise?) the buoy operator could detonate the mine. It was thought in this way that you could mine an area of sea and not have to worry about ships being damaged by friendly fire. The whole thing seems highly problematic to me--not the least of which would probably be a very jostling ride to the buoy operator.
As far as desirability of that post, it's right up there with Kamikaze Pilot, and bomb vest carrier.
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