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Maritime Strategy

By the late 1970s, the Navy decided it needed a new strategy in case of war with the U.S.S.R. U.S. naval intelligence concluded that the Soviets planned to position their ballistic missile submarines in waters close to the Soviet Union. Admiral Thomas B. Hayward advocated a Maritime Strategy in which the U.S. Navy would allow no "Bastions for the Bear" by attacking these naval concentrations. It also envisioned offensive operations by carrier and amphibious forces on the northern and eastern flanks of the U.S.S.R.
 
 

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 Battleship USS New Jersey (BB 62):  Arming New Jersey and her three Iowa-class sisters with Tomahawk land attack cruise missile batteries in the 1980s enabled these veteran warships of World War II, Korea, and Vietnam to extend the offensive reach of their weapons hundreds of miles from the sea. This modernization also made it practical to continue employing the 16-inch gun ships for vital gunfire support missions.

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play videoBattleship (released 1988):  This 1988 Navy documentary celebrates the reactivation of the Iowa class battleships, and recalls their historic service during the previous four decades. Source: Naval History and Heritage Command, Photographic Section, UMO-17.

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