mechanical sweep meaning

  "mechanical sweep" in a sentence
(*) In naval mine warfare, any sweep used with the object of physically contacting the mine or its appendages.
  • mechanical:    Adjective: mechani ...
  • sweep:    Verb: sweep (swept ...
  • sweep in:    [American slang]to ...


  1. Mechanical sweeps are devices designed to cut the anchoring cables of moored mines, and preferably attach a tag to help the subsequent localization and neutralization.
  2. Mines are located with the minehunting sonar, and can be disposed of by the vessel's two Double Eagle mine disposal vehicles, the Oropesa mechanical sweep, the Mini-Dyad magnetic influence sweep, or the towed AMASS influence sweep ( which is not always carried ).

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