Exercise & Training (ET)
Mine Mk 56,
air launched, magnetic influenced.
The MK56 ASW mine was developed in 1966. Most mines in today's are aircraft delivered to target. Mine hits water, hose fairing shears off, mine drops vertically to bottom, at set time case and anchor separate, case moors in horizontal position.
Characteristics of the MK56 mine
Function: Destroy enemy shipping.
Type: Aircraft laid moored mine
Detection System: Total field magnetic exploder.
Dimensions: 22.4 inches x 114.3 inches
Depth Range: Moderate depths
Weight: 2000 pounds
Explosives: 360 pounds HBX-3
Date Deployed: 1966