The ASROC Missile is a solid fuel, rocket-propelled ballistic missile designed for standoff delivery from surface ships against submerged submarines. There are two basic missile configurations: (1) a rocket-thrown torpedo employing an acoustic homing torpedo as a payload, and (2) a rocket-thrown depth charge. In the torpedo configuration, the missile components are separated from the torpedo in flight and from that point, the torpedo enters the water and functions as though it was launched from an aircraft. The ASROC Missile is operational aboard cruisers, destroyers, and escort ships of the U.S. Navy. This missile was developed by the Naval Ordnance Test Station, Pasadena, Calif., and the Minneapolis Honeywell Regulator Co., Hopkins, Minn. There are many manufacturers of the ASROC since it is produced as individual components rather than as a complete unit. The components are then assembled into missiles by each issuing Navy activity.