It sure does. Sam Dealey was one of the rare few. He's also a textbook case of how hard it is to pick good skippers, because he got bilged out of the Academy. (IDK why...) And there was somebody else (whose name I can't recall... ) who was bookish & mild-mannered, but one of the best the wartime Sub Force had. And O'Kane reportedly had a real braggadocio, but turned out to be ice cold under fire. Go figure.Takes a different breed to stare down a destroyer.
The idea is never to let the can get that close, unless you have no choice. There are safer options than this.Well, the point is that the Sub does not have a choice.
The destroyer is going to be that close anyway.
I wouldn't count on it. @McPherson & I once went back & forth a bit over deck-mounted rockets being an anti-escort weapon, & he correctly pointed out the tincan skippers were willing to risk their ships--if they're any good at all. IJN ASW was awful, but don't think their crews & skippers lacked nerve--just skill at the job. RN, RCN, & USN had both, so this won't work against them.destroyers that get that close sometimes get hit, maybe some will hesitate to get that close.
You're making it harder to be successful... If that mine actually floats, it's going to swing on that tether like a kite, making it damned unlikely to hit the desired target, & more & more likely to foul the screws.In the example the sub is 145’ away. Further is possible.
Which was one of the first objections raised...Also, targeting an anti escort mine would be a problem.
It's hard, but not impossible. The key issue is probably thinking of doing it to begin with.I am going to trust you on this and be suitably amused