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Is USSOCOM missing a trick with semi-submersibles?

29th October 2021 - 16:00 GMT | by Peter Ong in California

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The Stidd MRCC (top left in surface mode and top right submerged), Armacraft Trident Mk1 (bottom left) and Armacraft Trident Mk2 (bottom right) are examples of semi-submersible craft. (Photos: Stidd/Armacraft)

Semi-submersible craft could present opportunities for USSOCOM in covert operations.

Semi-submersibles could prove to be a crucial enabler for SOF to conduct stealthy infiltration in littoral waters — but it appears that US Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) has no specific requirement in place for dual-function craft that can operate on the surface or dive and propel underwater.

Is USSOCOM missing an opportunity? Mark Cancian, a senior advisor at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), offered Shephard his insight on possible semi-submersible usage.

‘Semi-submersibles have received a lot of attention because of their stealthiness and simplicity, not having the complexity of a full submarine. Given SOCOM's interest in covert

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