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Topic: Submarines, Would us subs be allowed to fire 1st< Next Oldest | Next Newest >
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PostIcon Posted on: Nov. 08 2002,1:59  Skip to the next post in this topic. Ignore posts   QUOTE

Just wanted to know whether or not a US submarine commander would have the authority to fire on a possible hostile task force without conferring with CINCPAC if the sub made contact with the Japanese task force before the opening of hostilities, such as early on the morning of Dec 7th.  Or would orders have been necessary first?  Any help would be appreciated.  Thank You.

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Hello there :)

The answer is that it depends upon where the sub commander sighted the enemy, how close they were to Hawaii, and what they were doing.  Submarine commanders are given a lot of leeway in making such decisions, but of course still have some pretty specific rules of engagement to follow.

My guess is that if a submarine CO sighted the Japanese TF 200 miles north of Oahu, they would not be doing anything illegal so he would not fire without first sending an urgent message to CINCPAC. In any event, most submarine CO's would understand the importance of notification before firing a few torpedoes. The rest of the fleet would benefit more from the knowledge than the amount of damage a single sub could do with her torpedoes.

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