Naval War College Review


Dov S. Zakheim


Over forty years ago, Joseph Stalin outlined to his senior naval officers his ideas for a new and powerful Soviet fleet. Among the ships he suggested for that fleer was the aircraft carrier, whose dominance in naval warfare had yet to be established-and, in fan, was not clearly demonstrated until the Battle of Midway. Stalin never lived to see his hopes fulfilled bur, if Navy testimony and intelligence reports prove accurate, the Soviet fleet will unveil its first large, fixed-wing aircraft carrier some time near the end of this decade.