The nuclear-powered submarine's stealth is invaluable in eluding or surprising an adversary, but that very quality disguises its value outside the submarine community.
Musing on his experience in World War II, Pacific War leader Fleet Admiral William F. Halsey Jr. said: "A Fleet is like a hand of cards at poker or bridge. You don't see it as aces and kings and deuces. You see it as a hand, a unit. You see a Fleet as a unit, not carriers, battleships and destroyers. You don't play individual cards. You play the hand." Webster's New World Dictionary defines Fleet as: "a) a number of warships under one command, usually in a definite area of operation b) the entire naval force of a country; navy."