Naval War College Review


J.S. Breemer


As the Soviet Navy continues its transition from a coastal defense force to an offensive "blue­ water" fleet, It is timely co contemplate how Soviet naval strategy might reflect the new range of capabilities that is now on the horizon, Two fundamental changes in Soviet fleet characteristics in particular warrant attention. The first is the trend toward much larger major surface combatants: frigates' destroyers, and cruisers.1 The second is the rumored construction of a large-deck "conventional" aircraft carrier.2 Having identified these two particular areas of change is nor meant to imply the absence of other worrisome developments.