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Sea Control

THROUGHOUT THE COLD WAR, U.S. submarines, surface warships, and aircraft dominated the seas despite a serious challenge from the Soviet navy. U.S. fleets operating far from home kept close watch on America's enemies, defended allies threatened by aggressive neighbors, and supported U.S. foreign policy. Brave American Sailors risked and sometimes lost their lives carrying out this vital mission.

It WAS VITAL that the Navy dominate at sea in order to defend the homeland, support global allies, and protect oceangoing commerce. For the Soviet Union to frustrate America's global interests, it needed only to deny the U.S. sea control.

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