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Anonymous asked in Arts & HumanitiesHistory · 7 years ago

What technological advancements did the US Navy make in WWII?

What technological advancements did the US Navy make in WWII?

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  • 7 years ago
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    The United States essentially remade its navy during the course of WWII with an emphasis on air-craft carrier task forces and submarines replacing prior battleship and cruiser strategies in the Pacific. Highly mobile forces of destroyers and destroyer escorts, along with smaller auxilliary carriers were deployed in the Atlantic to combat the German U-boats.

    Battleships changed in several ways. The Iowa-class ships tended to be faster, and have better targeting control, in no small part due to the introductions of radar which allowed for over-the-horizon firing as well as tracking enemy ships and planes at a distance.

    Destroyers and destroyer escorts also benefited from radar, sonar, and a host of new anti-submarine weapons, notably the forward-firing depth-charge known as the hedgehog.

    U.S. submarines really came into their own in WWII in the Pacific Theater. Range and speed were dramatically improved over the pre-war boats, as were armaments capacities. While Germany lost its submarine war in the Atlantic, the U.S. won its submarine campaign in the Pacific against Japan, being so effective that U.S. subs were reduced to sinking small fishing boats by war's end for lack of other targets. One even "sunk" a train, having torpedoed a railroad trestle as a Japanese train was crossing.

    Then, too, there were dramatic improvements in naval air power. The Corsair, the Wildcat and the Hellcat turned the tide against the Japanese Zero in air-to-air combat. U.S. dive bombers and torpedo planes could be said to have decided the war against Japan in a day at the battle of Midway, though that probably overstates the case considerably.

    There were also all sorts of seemingly minor, but significant technological break-throughs in other areas. The introduction of proximity fuses in ant--aircraft shells so increased accuracy as to make U.S. naval operations in Japanese waters viable by repelling massive attacks by the Japanese. Miniaturizing radar for deployment in planes made submarine hunting far more effective and acted as a force multiplier for air resources by making patrols far more effective. Really, this list goes on and on.

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  • 4 years ago

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  • Anonymous
    7 years ago

    Well a big one is that they had sonar to tell where enemy submarines are.

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