The primacy that the U. S. Navy once enjoyed no longer exists. The Soviet Union does not yet have America’s capability to deploy task forces for extended periods in far distant seas—e.g., the USS Hancock (CVA-19) and the USS Robison (DDG-12) were refueled by the USS Sacramento (AOE-1) in the South China Sea in 1965. But, closer to home, and in locations of its own choosing, the Soviet Navy can match or out-match the forces arrayed against it.
Domestic Tranquility and the Common Defense
By John J. Clark