Accession Number : ADA140490

Title :   The Soviet Naval Indian Ocean Squadron. Raison d'Etre: Action or Reaction?

Descriptive Note : Masters thesis,


Personal Author(s) : Stout,A M

PDF Url : ADA140490

Report Date : Sep 1983

Pagination or Media Count : 135

Abstract : The Soviet Naval Indian Ocean Squadron began its active deployments to the Indian Ocean in 1968. This led to a wide-ranging debate as to its purpose, which could be active or reactive in nature. To deal properly with the Squadron, it is important for the planner to understand the difference between the two. This thesis examines the broad range of theorized missions for the Squadron. These Western theories are compared to determine the relative merits of each. A very select number of Soviet writer's works are examined for any correlation with the Western theories. This is set against the background of a historical survey of U.S. and Soviet naval relations in the region. The results of these comparisons lead to the conclusion that the Squadron's mission is both active and reactive, and that most of the theories have some merit.

Descriptors :   *Military forces(Foreign), *Indian Ocean, USSR, Naval vessels, Squadrons, Missions, International relations, Scenarios, Theses

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

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE