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Propulsion defeating system

A system for reducing the operational efficiency of a watercraft's propulsion system includes a self-propelled and variable-speed unmanned underwater vehicle (UUV) that has at least one homing device adapted to direct the UUV towards an origin of a targeted watercraft's propulsion wake. At least one rod is coupled to a forward end of the UUV and extends forward therefrom at least when the UUV is in proximity to the origin of the targeted watercraft's propulsion wake. At this point, the UUV is directed and accelerated to drive the rod into the targeted watercraft's propulsor.
Inventors: 

Felipe A. Garcia, Robert C. Woodall, Jr., Gregory A. Reitmeyer

Patent Number: 
US8552282
Patent Issue Date: 
November 8, 2013
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