An MCM-1 class ship is equipped with two sweep
wires. Right-hand lay wire is used on the starboard side
The depressor wire is a 5/8-inch, 1,800-foot-t-long
and left-hand lay wire on the port side to overcome wire
wire rope used to tow a depressor that will regulate the
sag during towing operations. The safe working load of
depth of the sweep wire. Figure 8-4 illustrates the
the sweep wire is one-half of its breaking strength.
location of the depressor wire on the fantail of an MCM
Figure 8-3 illustrates the location of the sweep wire on
the fantail of an MCM ship.