Two recent United States Navy projects incorporated cable-laying operations to construct and replace existing Underwater Tracking Ranges. Many constraints involving environmental concerns, budget reductions, etc., have required the United States Navy to be creative in planning and executing cable laying operations. The ship selections marginally meet the maneuverability design requirements without training. The cable types selected are expected to require minimal design and be a commercial off the shelf item. Environmental concerns and their mitigation have been challenging. Successful projects in the Bahamas and United States Virgin Islands were performed yielding similar but varying results. The majority of the resources were common excluding the installation ship. The Bahamas project was performed without incident. The Virgin Islands project encountered a cable run away in the deployment machinery. Results of the post analysis compare the two projects. This quantifiable data has improved the planning of upcoming projects.

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