Editor’s Note: Admiral Gorshkov has been Commander- in-Chief of the Soviet Navy for 18 years. He is a Deputy Minister of Defense. He and his First Deputy are full members of the Central Committee of the Communist Party.
What follows is a translation of an article which appeared in Morskoi Sbornik No. 2, 1972, having been approved for publication in the Soviet Union on 28 January 1972. Plainly, the thoughts and beliefs which appear in this article—and those which will be published on these pages over the next ten months—are views which Admiral Gorshkov wishes to share with the other officers in his navy. For that reason alone, they are considered to be of profound interest to the officers of his country’s principal rival at sea, the United States Navy.