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Rise of the Soviet Navy

From 1945 to the early 1960s, the U.S.S.R. focused on developing an effective submarine fleet. Embarrassed by the Soviet Navy's poor showing in the Cuban Missile Crisis of 1962, Moscow devoted more resources to advanced warships, amphibious vessels, shipboard missiles, and long-range naval aircraft. The Soviets also developed a more balanced navy to support their diplomatic and military activities in the Third World.

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