Mine Warfare is the strategic, operational and tactical use of sea mines and the countermeasures to defeat them.  In today’s 21st century US Navy Mine Warfare,­ the principal objective is to significantly decrease the time required to conduct underwater Mine Countermeasure (MCM) operations, optimize global access and commerce, ensure low risk to naval and commercial vessels, and to remove the man from the minefield.

Expertise in All Maritime Mine Warfare

PURVIS subject matter experts have unique experience in current and future Mine Countermeasures (MCM) systems, platforms and offensive sea mining capabilities, providing expertise for 21st-Century US Navy Mine Warfare.  PURVIS successfully translated lessons learned, developed over 30 years of the highly successful Ship Anti-Submarine Warfare Readiness and Effectiveness Measuring (SHAREM) program, into the Mine Warfare Readiness and Effectiveness Measuring (MIREM) program.

The SHAREM Program had already crossed the boundary between Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW) and Mine Warfare (MIW), obtaining performance data on some organic MCM systems during exercises in the Arabian Gulf.  However, before MIREM, the US Navy had no coordinated program for assessing the effectiveness of its mine countermeasures (MCM) systems in a tactical environment.

Historical Footnote

Although the concept of a sea mine can be traced to “Greek Fire” used to defend Constantinople in the year 673, in the American experience the first use of sea mines or “torpedoes” came in an unsuccessful 1776 attack against HMS Eagle in the Hudson River.  The first successful US Navy mining operation occurred during the War of 1812, when mines denied British access to the Port of New York.

Quantitative MCM Effectiveness Measurement

PURVIS was the prime contractor responsible for planning, collecting, reconstruction, analysis and reporting to meet Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) and fleet requirements for quantitative MCM effectiveness measurement.  Real-world data gathered from MIREM exercises, and subsequent analysis, results and recommendations, was used by the CNO (program sponsor) and other decision-makers for improvements to existing systems or development of new systems, and Tactics, Training and Procedures (TTPs).

PURVIS also performs a broad range of program management, testing and logistics tasks for other Mine Warfare and Mine Countermeasure programs including:

  • Advanced Underwater Weapons System (AUWS)
  • AN/AQS-20A Mine Hunting Sonar
  • Airborne Laser Mine Detection System (ALMDS)