If peacetime is defined generously as virtually every state short of all-out war, the use of naval force in such a state presents a subject of immense scope. For, contrary to some of the more alarmist media, peace-if sometimes a little hot-is the normal condition, Armed forces discharge most of their functions without warfare and, indeed, short of the point at which any shooting takes place. This has certainly been a longstanding characteristic of navies.
"The Use of Naval Forces in Peacetime,"
Naval War College Review: Vol. 38
, Article 2.
Available at: http://digital-commons.usnwc.edu/nwc-review/vol38/iss1/2