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They are, accordingly, in many ways rather different from, and sometimes the complete opposite to, the naval assumptions of the post-modernists. The first obvious difference is the modernist’s tendency to focus on the defence of the country and its immediate interests, rather than on the system. This has a considerable impact on a navy’s mission priorities. Missions of the modern navy Nuclear deterrence and ballistic missile defence The maintenance of nuclear deterrent forces at sea, and everything that goes with it, including the various forms of sea-based cruise and ballistic missile defence make most sense in the context of state-on-state conflict, since, normally, only states have the resources required to engage in this kind of conflict.

People travelling from one area to another would encounter sub-regional local transportation systems. Thus the Greek Pytheas setting out from Marseilles, either rounded Spain or sailed along the River Garonne to the Bay of Biscay and was then able to make use of an interconnected series of local sailings to complete a remarkable circumnavigation of the British Isles, with an excursion to Scandinavia on the way, in the late fourth century BC. The Vikings, 1500 years later, inspired by the same spirit of adventure, enterprise, curiosity and greed made their way across the North Atlantic via Iceland, Greenland and Newfoundland to make first contact with the Americans.

Preferring not to reduce their capacity for independent action, modern navies will try to maintain as wide a set of independent all-round capabilities as their resources will allow in order to keep their options open for an unpredictable and probably challenging future. They will not accordingly be content simply to develop niche specialisations in the expectation that someone else will fill the consequent gaps. An indigenous defence industrial maritime base The desire to keep operational options open is closely associated with the last characteristic of the ‘modern’ approach to maritime strategy – the determination to maintain a secure indigenous maritime base, if necessary at the price of industrial and commercial cooperation with allies.

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