Mines are not only able to destroy shipping, but they can also deny large areas of sea to all traffic. A look at current and future RN MCM capabilities
The areas around Umm Qasr and the Al Faw peninsula in Iraq were subject to a range of amphibious and mine clearance activities in 2003, it was a vital component of Operation TELIC
The Haiti earthquake is a rich source of study for anyone interested in the application of military capabilities in a disaster response but as can be seen, often there is no substitute, but equally often, they are not always best suited.
Air power was fundamental to success or failure in the 1982 Falkland Islands conflict and the Black Buck raids by RAF Vulcan’s against Stanley Airport and the occupying Argentine force were indicative of the importance of denying occupying forces a functional runway.
Supacat designed the vehicle but were not able to manufacture in quantity so entered into production sharing contracts and in the early eighties the fifteen ATMP’s were accepted into British Army and Royal Air Force service, all manufactured by Williams Fairey Engineering.
WORK IN PROGRESS [nextpage title=”Introduction”] Introduction and Sources The two fundamental roles of the military engineer are mobility and counter mobility. Any military commander will always strive for freedom of movement and the opposing commander will equally strive to deny that freedom. Obstacles might be natural or man-made. Breaching those gaps to provide the friendly force with that essential mobility and freedom of movement is as old as warfare but as speeds of movement increased, the geographic span of operations equally enlarged and the increasing weight of the machinery of war since the turn of the century military bridging has