Accession Number : ADA115475

Title :   The Turkish Straits and the Soviet Navy in the Mediterranean.

Descriptive Note : Professional paper,

Corporate Author : CENTER FOR NAVAL ANALYSES ALEXANDRIA VA NAVAL STUDIES GROUP

Personal Author(s) : Roberts,Stephen S

PDF Url : ADA115475

Report Date : Mar 1982

Pagination or Media Count : 24

Abstract : The Turkish Straits and the Montreux Convention, which once served primarily to protect the Soviet Union from superior hostile fleets, now also limit what would otherwise be a major Soviet advantage: proximity of a large fleet and its bases to a major theater of crisis and potential war. In this respect the Montreux Convention has been a problem for the Soviets since 1964, when they began maintaining a permanent naval presence in the Mediterranean. The objective of this article is to examine how the Soviets have designed their patterns of operations in the Mediterranean in order to overcome the barriers of the treaty and the Turkish and Balkan land masses, and to what extent limitations remain on the flexibility of Soviet naval forces in the Mediterranean that can still be exploited by the West.

Descriptors :   *Military forces(Foreign), *Straits, USSR, Naval vessels, Crisis management, Deployment, Mediterranean Sea, Limitations, Treaties, Turkey, International relations, Military forces(United States), Conflict

Subject Categories : Government and Political Science
      Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE