Military forces in general, and naval units in particular, often have a political impact of far greater proportions than their mere combat potential might at first suggest.
Jacobsen, C. G.
"The Soviet Navy: Acquiring Global Capabilities and Perspectives,"
Naval War College Review: Vol. 25
, Article 5.
Available at: http://digital-commons.usnwc.edu/nwc-review/vol25/iss3/5