Armaments: Jane's Defensive Ships

U.S. Navy commanders are only too keenly aware of the growing strength and aggressiveness of the Soviet navy. Russian ships shadow every NATO maneuver, break into allied formations, and show the red flag in the world's most sensitive trouble spots. Last week the Pentagon received reassurance of sorts. According to the 1968-69 edition of Jane's Fighting Ships, the longtime civilian authority on all the world's navies, "Soviet maritime strategy is defensive or containing rather than provoking or aggressive."

In fact, said Jane's, the Soviet navy's activity may be no more than "a determination to mark the ships of other navies...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now


Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!