Because of the political division of Europe into two opposing military power blocs-the continental Soviet bloc consisting of the Warsaw Pact nations and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization consisting of 14 maritime nations of the West-the Federal Republic of Germany, as a member of NATO, has coupled her destiny very closely to that of the leading seapower of the Western World.
"Employment of Modern Naval Forces in Defense of Northern and Central Europe,"
Naval War College Review: Vol. 22
, Article 4.
Available at: http://digital-commons.usnwc.edu/nwc-review/vol22/iss9/4