Naval War College Review

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The Beira Patrol


Richard Mobley


A widely publicized challenge to a 1965 oil embargo against the white-minority regime of the breakaway colony of Southern Rhodesia led Britain to establish, with a Security Council mandate, an equally widely publicized maritime blockade—from which, though ineffective and burdensome, the Royal Navy and Air Force could not extricate themselves for nine years. Newly available archival sources illuminate a case study of the political imperatives and rules of engagement of maritime intercept operations.