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I remember a story about the USS Texas going to war in WW2.
The Texas was on convoy duties and ordered to deploy paravanes when going into Britain. There was much griping about what a pain it was to deploy them and doubts about how useful they were. As she came into a port a mine was cut and surfaced for all to see. There was much less complaining after that.
I had a discussion with a friend about paravanes on battleships. It seems that [almost] every battleship was equipped with paravanes. One would think that the concept of using battleships as minesweepers is overkill and the effectiveness would be limited. A mine close to the ship's path is not going to be pushed out of the way by the paravane. If a mine is far away, it is not going to hit the ship anyway. So there would be a narrow range of effectiveness.
Neither of us could find any example of a battleship actually cutting a mine cable. The basic references on battleships contain little information.
Did a U.S. battleship ever cut an enemy mine cable with a paravane? DId any battleship ever cut an enemy mine cable with a paravane?
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