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  • ASROC is the U.S. Navy's acronym for Anti-Submarine ROCket. It was a ship-to-ship weapon. An anti-submarine missile is a standoff weapon including a rocket designed to rapidly deliver an explosive warhead or homing torpedo from the launch platform to the vicinity of a submarine. It was a surface ship's method for a far distant delivery of a torpedo beyond its normal range, or of a nuclear depth-charge to an enemy ship, with the thinking that because of the greater distance and detonation of the nuke that the firing ship would be safe. Wikipedia