The Significance of International Straits to Soviet Naval Operations
NAVAL POSTGRADUATE SCHOOL MONTEREY CA
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Four sets of international straits are examined the Sea of Japan straits, the Danish Straits, the Turkish Straits, and the Indonesian straits. The analysis describes them physically, explains their legal regimes, discusses Soviet naval transits of the straits, relates the transits to Soviet naval missions, explores possible alternative routes to using the straits, postulates new legal regimes for the straits, and, finally, reaches conclusions concerning the Soviet reaction to the possible legal changes. Conclusions are formulated as to the extent that international straits affect Soviet naval operations and to the extent that their influence on naval operations has shaped the Soviet legal position on the law of the sea.
- Naval Surface Warfare