The Soviet Navy in Theory and Practice.
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In an effort to determine the wartime missions of the Soviet Navy and its ability to fight at various levels of conflict, the author compares the doctrinal writings of Admiral Sergei Gorshkov with the naval construction programs that have taken place during his twenty-three years as Commander-in-Chief. The author concludes that Gorshkov has successfully accomplished his strategic attack mission by building a ballistic missile submarine force that will be protected in wartime by naval aviation and a surface and subsurface covering fleet. At the same time, Gorshkov has continued to attempt to solve the increasingly difficult problem of strategic defense through extensive research in strategic antisubmarine warfare. While a fixed percentage of the total military budget has affected the construction of ships that would complement other forms of naval warfare, Gorshkov has also achieved a substantial ability to fight at sea during non-strategic conflicts. Author
- Naval Surface Warfare