This paper deals with the actual war fighting capabilities of the Soviet Navy. It addresses how many combat ships are in the Soviet Navy, to which of the four major home fleets they are assigned, how many units are forward deployed, and how one could expect these units to form up given the geographic realities of their location. The paper assesses the capability of those forces to conduct war fighting operations from a standing, walking, or running start.
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