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Among the factors which influence naval power are Navy composition (the types of ships in the navy); fleet assignments (the basic location of ships); fleet organization (the groupings of ships used); ship availability (the number of ships in various conditions at any given time); and fleet mobilization potential (the ability to enhance naval availability during war). This paper addresses these issues, identifying likely Soviet naval postures in various ocean areas under various conditions. It provides a starting point from which naval warfare modeling can assess the ability of the Soviet navy to perform its missions throughout the world. The study first describes the static levels of Soviet naval forces assumed, then the assignment into each of the four main fleets. Next, task groups and units are created. Finally, a database for all major ocean areas is created using the raw numbers and task groups/units assumed.

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