Naval diplomacy—the use of naval power in peacetime to secure influence by contemporary navies is seen by many as playing a vital and unique role in promoting the international aims of governments. The U.S. Navy’s Chief of Naval Operations, Admiral Michael Mullen, clearly recognizes the diplomatic utility of naval power: “Navies are not only critical, decisive, and enabling in times of war, but they may be even more important in maintaining the peace.”
"U.S. Naval Diplomacy in the Black Sea,"
Naval War College Review: Vol. 60
, Article 6.
Available at: http://digital-commons.usnwc.edu/nwc-review/vol60/iss3/6