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SEA CONTROL – AN ESSENTIAL TASK FOR NAVAL FORCES
SEA CONTROL – AN ESSENTIAL TASK FOR NAVAL FORCES

Author(s): Valentin – Marian Toma, Ion Chiorcea
Subject(s): Politics / Political Sciences, Security and defense, Military policy, Geopolitics, Peace and Conflict Studies
Published by: Carol I National Defence University Publishing House
Keywords: sea control; naval forces; capabilities; command and control; cover and protection; military pressure; sea lines of communication.
Summary/Abstract: Sea control is designed to secure a given part of the sea and control the sea lines of communications for a specific purpose, which essentially means that one side possesses superiority over its enemy, and interrupts or cuts off the enemy’s sea lines of communication without major opposition from the enemy. It means that the enemy does not have a significant capability to interfere with the stronger side. Controls of a specific sea area require strong naval forces which is able to achieve a substantial degree of control of surface, air and subsurface. Sea control can be strategic, operational, and tactical; it depends on the dimension of the maritime domain where the sea control concept is applied. The structure and the capabilities of naval forces are essential for maintaining sea control for a period of time. By obtaining sea control in a specific maritime area, the stronger side can exert a strong political,diplomatic and military influence on the events.