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Their success in sweeping during exercises led to the addition of tugs to all fleet torpedo flotillas. Further exercises conducted by the Atlantic Fleet Torpedo Flotilla from 1913 to 1915 encouraged the expansion of the minesweeping force through the development of sweep equipment packages for the faster destroyers and torpedo boats to complement the tugs. In March 1914 Rear Admiral Charles J. Badger, Commander in Chief, US. Atlantic Fleet, recommended that all Atlantic Fleet destroyers be fitted out for additional duty as minesweepers.
Rains experimented with torpedoes and earned renown for their firing mechanisms. Maury’s particular interest in electrically-fired mines led to the creation of the Confederate Submarine Battery Service, which developed and detonated most of the controlled mines planted during the Civil War. Davidson relieved Maury in command of that service, and Maury spent most of the war perfecting his electrical mines in English laboratories. As his work progressed, Maury‘s mines became more lethal. In October 1862 the Confederate Congress funded a separate TorpedoBureau.
After that time the Bureau of Construction and Repair controlled MCM equi ment, and the Bureau of Ordnance retained mines and mining apparatus. E9 Like Porter before him, Dewey found that arguments favoring centralized control of mine warfare matters were not sufficiently persuasive to overcome the Navy’s established organization. The Navy had suffered few operational losses and had not found mines difficult to avoid. Consequently, other developments in naval warfare continued to have higher priority for the Navy’s resources.