Remembering the Contributions of the Mine Warfare Community

Commander David Bruhn, USN (Ret) is one of the leading authorities on the history of U.S. Navy mine warfare. He is perhaps best known as the author of the multi-volume Wooden Ships and Iron Men series. Volume I, The U.S. Navy’s Ocean Minesweepers, 1953–1994, tells the story of the long service lives of the 65 U.S. Navy ocean minesweepers (MSO). In addition to duties sweeping mines, they also searched for lost aircraft, ships, and munitions on the sea floor, showed the flag around the world, and participated in nuclear test programs and the NASA space program.

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ABOVE PHOTO: A demolition charge detonates 1,500 meters from the mine countermeasures ship USS Scout (MCM 8) in the Straits of Hormuz on Nov. 19, 2010. The charge was built and detonated by sailors assigned to Explosive Ordnance Disposal Mobile Unit 1 and Mobile Diving and Salvage Unit 2, attached to Combined Task Group 56.1 during joint mine countermeasures training. US Navy photo 101119-N-QW632-023