The recent deployment of Soviet warships to the Persian Gulf—despite their limited number—constitutes a significant use of Soviet naval power in an area of considerable strategic significance.
"The Soviet Navy in the Persian Gulf: Naval Diplomacy in a Combat Zone,"
Naval War College Review: Vol. 42
, Article 6.
Available at: http://digital-commons.usnwc.edu/nwc-review/vol42/iss2/6