The Navy's Wooden Avengers Are Real-Life Mine Sweepers

The Strait of Hormuz is one of the most strategically important stretches of water on Earth. Though just 29 miles wide, it accommodates the passage of 20 percent of the world's oil. Were Iran to plant sea mines there (again), global trade would be severely affected. Luckily, the Strait is defended by the Avengers—not… » 5/23/12 1:40pm 5/23/12 1:40pm