Few aspects of Soviet foreign policy in recent years have attracted as much attention as the enormous increase in both the quantity and quality of Soviet naval activity in the Mediterranean. The traditional role of the U. S. Sixth Fleet as protector of NATO’s southern flank has been seriously challenged and the presence of powerful Soviet naval forces has injected a new element into the volatile politics of the Middle East and North Africa. Although this situation has received a good deal of attention in the West and has prompted some responses from NATO, such as the organization of improved methods of surveillance, there seems little realistic possibility that the immediate future will witness any significant improvement in the Mediterranean naval picture.
The Adriatic: Soviet Seaway Someday?
By Lieutenant Eugene P. Sullivan, SC, U. S. Naval Reserve