The Soviet Navy in the Indian Ocean,
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Though Soviet warships have been in the Indian Ocean since 1968, Western analysts are still considering the question of motivation with regard to both peacetime and wartime missions. A recent interpretation is that they are there to counter an alleged deployment of U. S. Polaris submarines. Another is that the Soviet Navy is a fleet in search of a mission. Which of these is true, or whether there are other reasons for the Soviet presence is the subject of this article. It discusses Soviet naval missions, illustrates them with examples of Soviet actions, and examines Soviet requirements and activities in the Indian Ocean itself to determine which missions seem to fit.
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