Blockship Tactics to Trap Enemy Fleets
Published in: U.S. Naval Institute Proceedings, Volume 147, Issue 12 (December 2021)
Posted on RAND.org on February 08, 2022
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.