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In generic terms, a major naval operation can be understood as a series of related major and minor naval tactical actions conducted by several naval combat arms and combat arms of other services, in terms of time and place, and aimed to accomplish an operational (and sometimes limited strategic) objective in a given maritime theater.
U.S. Naval War College Press
Newport Papers, Naval Operations
Vego, Milan, "Major Naval Operations" (2008). Newport Papers. 31.