On Naval Warfare
Journal Article - Open Access
Naval War College Newport United States
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In the past, the navies were primarily employed for control of sea communications used for either military or commercial purposes. An attack on the enemys seaborne commerce was an indirect way of striking at his national life. A naval victory was considered useless if it did not result in changing the conditions for the conduct of seaborne trade of the victor 2. Today, the main roles and the missions of a navy are more diverse than they were in the past. In generic terms, the navies essentially exist to provide support to the armies and to weaken the enemys military-economic potential at sea and secure uninterrupted flow of friendly maritime trade. Their main operational tasks are to obtainmaintain control of a given part of a maritime theater or deny the same to the enemy, sustain friendly forces ashore, and prevent invasion by the enemy.
- Naval Surface Warfare