The U.S. Navy Surface Fleet currently possesses no minelaying capability, instead relying on air and submarine assets. In the context of growing challenges to U.S. naval supremacy, this represents a significant strategic capability gap. Due to the asymmetric nature of mine warfare, the only feasible solution to close that gap must be cost-effective. This study develops a concept design for the conversion of a commercially available working boat to a minelayer in the form of an affordable, modular and rapidly scalable “bolt-on” system with flexible implementation to a variety of parent hulls and payload capacities.

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