Accession Number : ADA288844

Title :   Doctrine in the Spanish Navy.

Descriptive Note : Final rept. Feb-Nov 94,

Corporate Author : NAVAL DOCTRINE COMMAND NORFOLK VA

Personal Author(s) : Tritten, James J.

PDF Url : ADA288844

Report Date : 14 NOV 1994

Pagination or Media Count : 20

Abstract : History of doctrine in the Spanish Navy 1270-1994. Early doctrine was oriented towards the close aboard battle. Under French (Bourbon) rule, new national navy organized and greatly influenced by French Navy doctrine. Some of the most sophisticated navy doctrine during the age of sail was written in Spain. The lack of continued combat had a negative influence on doctrinal development. Doctrine came easy to the Spanish Navy-probably due to cultural conditioning, lessons learned include: (1) the long time necessary to change doctrine in the Spanish Navy, (2) the very twisted path that doctrine took in Spain, (3) the close cooperation with France did not serve Span well, (4) successful innovation was not possible without a friend in court, (5) doctrinal innovation suffers without frequent combat, and (6) the Spanish Navy takes it for granted that there will always be doctrine in their navy.

Descriptors :   *MILITARY HISTORY, *MILITARY DOCTRINE, *NAVY, *SPAIN, LESSONS LEARNED, LONG RANGE(TIME), FRANCE.

Subject Categories : Naval Surface Warfare
      Sociology and Law

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE