Torpedo FAQs:

Q: Is a torpedo a self-propelled weapon with an explosive warhead?

A: Yes, and launched above or below the water surface, propelled underwater towards a target, and designed to detonate either on contact with its target or in proximity to it.

Q: Is a torpedo obviously a key factor in determining the suitability of a particular torpedo to a tube or launcher?

A: Yes, and similar to the caliber of the gun.

Q: Were torpedoes also used?

A: Yes, an explosive device was mounted at the end of a spar up to 30 feet long projecting forward underwater from the bow of the attacking vessel, which would then ram the opponent with the explosives.

Q: Were torpedoes mostly exported?

A: Yes.

Q: Is a torpedo a kind of fish: an electric ray?

A: Yes.

Q: Were torpedoes also developed?

A: Yes.

Q: Were torpedoes intended for launch underwater and the firm was upset when they found out the British were launching them above water?

A: Yes, as they considered their torpedoes too delicate for this.

Q: Was a torpedo originally employed for a variety of devices?

A: Yes, and most of which would today be called mines.

Q: Was a torpedo used in an unsuccessful attempt to destroy HMS Ramillies while in New London's harbor?

A: Yes.

Q: Was a torpedo recommended for adoption as a harbour defence torpedo?

A: Yes.

Q: Were torpedoes launched at the pre-dreadnought?

A: Yes, and three struck home, one fired from the destroyer IJN Murasame and two from torpedo boats #72 and #75.

Q: Was a torpedo created by a commission placed by Giovanni Luppis?

A: Yes, and an Austro-Hungarian naval officer from Fiume , a port city of the Austro-Hungarian Monarchy, and Robert Whitehead, an English engineer who was the manager of a town factory.

Q: Was a torpedo also electrically powered and was steered by impulses down a trailing wire?

A: Yes.

Q: Were torpedoes created by the Dutchman Cornelius Drebbel in the employ of King James I of England?

A: Yes, he attached explosives to the end of a beam affixed to one of his own submarines and they were used during the English expeditions to La Rochelle in 1626.

Q: Were torpedoes an important asset with the advent of nuclear-powered submarines?

A: Yes, and which did not have to surface often, particularly those carrying strategic nuclear missiles.

Q: Were torpedoes employed in attempts to destroy British vessels and protect American harbors?

A: Yes.

Q: Was a torpedo similarly powered?

A: Yes.

Q: Was a torpedo HMS Lightning?

A: Yes, and completed in 1877.

Q: Was a torpedo 18 in in diameter and 19 ft long?

A: Yes, and made of polished steel or phosphor bronze, with a 200-pound gun-cotton warhead.

Q: Was a torpedo powered by compressed air and had an explosive charge of gun-cotton?

A: Yes.

Q: Were torpedoes developed for anti-submarine use consisting of triple launch tubes used on the decks of ships?

A: Yes.

Q: Are torpedoes the most recent development in torpedo design?

A: Yes, and are normally engineered as an integrated package.

Q: Was a torpedo fitted with elevators controlled by a depth-keeping mechanism?

A: Yes, and the fore and aft rudders operated by the differential between the drums.

Q: Are torpedoes fairly easily handled?

A: Yes, and the transport and handling of heavyweight ones is difficult, especially in the small space of a submarine.

Q: Were torpedoes originally ejected from the tubes by compressed air but later slow burning gunpowder was used?

A: Yes.

Q: Were torpedoes not wire-guided until the 1960s?

A: Yes.

Q: Are torpedoes generally acoustic?

A: Yes, though there have been other target sensor types used.

Q: Are torpedoes ordered?

A: Yes.

Q: Were torpedoes widely used in the First World War?

A: Yes, and both against shipping and against submarines.

Q: Was a torpedo the only USN model until Whitehead torpedoes produced by Bliss and Williams entered service in 1894?

A: Yes.

Q: Was a torpedo used for what is today called a contact mine?

A: Yes, and floating on or below the water surface using an air-filled demijohn or similar flotation device.

Q: Is a torpedo within attack range?

A: Yes.

Q: Were torpedoes given acoustic guidance systems?

A: Yes, and originally by the Germans in the G7es torpedo.

Q: Were torpedoes tried soon after Whitehead's invention but were not successful?

A: Yes.

Q: Was a torpedo guided only in the sense that its course could be regulated so as to achieve an intended impact depth and?

A: Yes, and through gyroscopes, a straight course.

Q: Were torpedoes used by the Russian Empire during the Crimean War in 1855 against British warships in the Gulf of Finland?

A: Yes.