Authored by: Steven Haines

Routledge Handbook of Ocean Resources and Management

Print publication date:  October  2015
Online publication date:  October  2015

Print ISBN: 9780415531757
eBook ISBN: 9780203115398
Adobe ISBN: 9781136294822


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Undoubtedly, the institutions most closely associated with the term ‘sea-power’ are navies – those military forces belonging to states that are capable, ultimately, of applying destructive and lethal force at or from the sea. In fact, such capabilities are not the exclusive preserve of navies. A maritime force may also include elements of air and land forces; indeed, will frequently do so in the context of contemporary military operations. Yet other maritime agencies are also capable of deploying force, in relation to constabulary tasking (see below). When we talk of ‘navies’ in general terms, therefore, we also imply civilian manned coastguards and similar seagoing agencies with law enforcement responsibilities. Nevertheless, it is navies that are the main subject of this chapter and it is principally on them and their functions that the following discussion is focused.

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