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Admiral Gorshkov, the author of the trendy Soviet military, is broadly recognizes to be his country's such a lot exceptional naval strategist of this or any interval in background. He has made the Soviet Union right into a global sea strength for the 1st time. during this e-book Admiral Gorshkov examines the concept that of sea energy because it has been understood and positioned to paintings by way of assorted international locations. He then indicates how the complicated operations of a contemporary fleet, army or civilian, have their position within the politics and defence of the USSR. --- from book's again disguise

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The development of the world merchant fleet after the Second World War and especially in the last ten to fifteen years has been along the lines of increase in the speed of ships, their size, carrying capacity and specialization. The size and gross tonnage of merchant ships are continuously growing. Thus, while in 1968 there were 12 giant ships, notably tankers, with a gross tonnage upwards of 100,000 registered tons, in 1973 there were 293. It should also be noted that while the group of ships with a gross tonnage of up to 4000 registered tons intended in the main for service in limited areas is over 65 per cent of the total 10 Here and hereafter the statistical data on the world fleet are taken from Lloyd's reference books in which by the term "civil fleet" is meant simultaneously the transport (merchant) and fishing fleets.

The main sources are chemical detergents, fertilizers washed from the soil and waste products of farms engaged in intensive animal husbandry. The main pollutant of the waters of rivers and lakes. (6) Lead—contained in exhaust gases. Other sources undertaking processing lead ores, the chemical industry and pesticides. It is a toxic element with cumulative properties, acts on the enzyme systems and metabolism of living cells and accumulates in sea deposits and in fresh water. (7) Carbon dioxide—forms on combustion of various carbon-containing compounds (power, industry, heating).

In this connection the construction of the US merchant marine and its development is governed not only by economic factors but also the need to solve purely military tasks which will inevitably be set for the merchant fleet in wartime. This is to support at a necessary level the military-economic potential of the country by ensuring the uninterrupted transport of strategic raw materials and finished products and the provision of all forms of supply to military bases situated on the territories of other countries and also the sea and oceanic transport of troops and military cargoes.

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