"Sea Forces of the World" (used book)
Sea Forces of the World
by Christopher Chant
About the book
Used book. Hardcover. Dust jacket included. Good condition. Front of dust jaket is faded.
The dawn of the 1990s finds the navies of the world in considerable flux. Inflation played a decisive part in reducing the construction programs in the 1980s at a time when theoretical developments combined with such practical experiences as the Falklands campaign of 1982 to persuade maritime powers of the vital contribution that can be made by effective navies.
The result has been a resurgence in rebuilding and conversion programs that will last well into this decade: older vessels continue to be updated with more recent sensors and weapons -- the very nature of the weapons fit has often been altered radially -- and newer ships are being produced with greater flexibility to meet more stringent operational requirements. Smaller craft are being built with a decisive offensive punch in the form of several potent anti-ship missiles. Although the major powers are still producing single-sole ships, these must now also possess some capacity for secondary and even tertiary roles. Much of the most important recent development has been in the universal acceptance of the Soviet doctrine of developing numerous multi-role types.
Sea Forces of the World explains, with full technical specification and building histories, the strengths of the world's fleets, type by type, and is profusely illustrated throughout in colour.