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Naval Ship Design

Naval Ship Design

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Underwater weapons consist of torpedoes and mines, although near miss bombs exploding
underwater may produce similar effects. Both mines and torpedoes can be activated by ship
signatures to seek out a target and explode in close proximity. Underwater weapons usually
explode close to the hull, producing damage by shock and whipping. The shock may
damage equipment, machinery and personnel or cause distortion or rupture of the hull if
sufficiently severe. Whipping, which is resonant vibration of the hull girder at high
amplitudes may induce buckling of the deck or bottom structure or even break the back of
the ship. Explosions in contact with the hull will produce hull rupture (USS Cole) and
internal explosion effects to some degree including fire and blast effects.

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