Accession Number : ADA195454

Title :   The Capital Ship: An Operational Perspective,

Corporate Author : ARMY COMMAND AND GENERAL STAFF COLL FORT LEAVENWORTH KS SCHOOL OF ADVANCED MIL ITARY STUDIES

Personal Author(s) : Mock, David C

PDF Url : ADA195454

Report Date : 29 Apr 1988

Pagination or Media Count : 53

Abstract : The US being a maritime nation, protected yet separated from the world by oceans, has needed the oceans as highways for economic and military power projection. A fundamental requirement for power projection is the command of the sea. Having command means having control of ocean transit, securing it for one's self and one's allies while denying it to the enemy. Command of the sea is seized and maintained by a strong navy centered around powerful warships. These powerful warships--capital ships--have evolved over time, constantly shaped by mission, threat, geography, technology and resources. From the Constitution-class frigates at the founding of the Navy to the nuclear powered aircraft carriers of today, US Navy fleets have centered around the capital ship. A reciprocal relationship exists between the capital ship and the posture of the Navy. This paper seeks to determine to what degree the capital ship has determined the strategic and operational posture. It then explores the concept of command of the sea and examines the relationship between the capital ship and the posture of the Navy in attaining that command. The paper concludes with the notion that the capital ship and the posture of the Navy are reciprocal, that the capital ship is both creator and creation of the Navy's operational and strategic posture.

Descriptors :   *AIRCRAFT CARRIERS, *NUCLEAR POWERED SHIPS, *BATTLESHIPS, *NAVAL WARFARE, MISSIONS, NAVAL VESSELS(COMBATANT), NAVY, OCEANS, STRATEGIC WARFARE

Subject Categories : Naval Surface Warfare

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE