Naval Power and Navies

  • Michael S. Lindberg


The terms naval power and naval warfare are of central importance to the field of naval analysis. Gray (1992, p. 3) defines naval power as ‘an instrument of state policy whose activities, expertise and weapons are plainly distinguishable from land power’. It is a tool for accomplishing national military objectives within and from the maritime environment. The elements which constitute naval power are numerous and varied, as are the factors which influence its development. Chief among these factors is geography, in terms of its influence on both maritime nations and navies.


Exclusive Economic Zone Blue Water Force Structure Support Force Primary Mission 
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© Michael S. Lindberg 1998

Authors and Affiliations

  • Michael S. Lindberg
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  1. 1.Department of Geography and Environmental PlanningElmhurst CollegeUSA

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