The Soviets have established realistic objectives for their merchant marine which will allow them to meet domestic and foreign shipping requirements, implement political activities with the lesser developed nations, project power into the international scene, and provide an auxiliary force for the Soviet Navy.
Heine, Irwin M.
"Soviet Maritime Policies,"
Naval War College Review: Vol. 24
, Article 2.
Available at: http://digital-commons.usnwc.edu/nwc-review/vol24/iss8/2