Cover: Blockship Tactics to Trap Enemy Fleets

Blockship Tactics to Trap Enemy Fleets

Published in: U.S. Naval Institute Proceedings, Volume 147, Issue 12 (December 2021)

Posted on Feb 8, 2022

by Scott Savitz

The March 2021 Suez Canal blockage, though an accident, is a reminder of the potency of an old naval tactic: sinking a ship to block a critical channel. The U.S. Navy should explore opportunities to use this simple, low-cost, time-honored tactic—called blockship attacks—to trap enemy submarines and ships in port during conflict.

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