Fleet Tactics and Coastal Combat: 3rd Edition

Fleet Tactics and Coastal Combat: 3rd Edition

by Wayne Hughes, Robert Girrier

Hardcover(3rd ed.)

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The revised edition of this indispensable work still covers battle tactics at sea from the age of fighting sail to the present, with emphasis on trends (factors that have changed throughout history), constants (things that have not changed), and variables (things pertinent to each individual battle). Fleet Tactics and Naval Operations continues to emphasize combat data, including how hitting and damage rates and maneuvering have been conducted to achieve an advantage over the centuries. The third edition highlights the current swift advances in unmanned vehicles, artificial intelligence, cyber warfare in peace and war, and other effects of information warfare, and how they are changing the ways battles at sea will be fought and won. It also describes how the interaction between naval operations, wartime campaigns, and coalition tactics have affected war at sea, with special emphasis on the U.S. Navy. It also points out the growing connection between land and sea in littoral combat.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781682473375
Publisher: Naval Institute Press
Publication date: 06/15/2018
Series: Blue & Gold Series
Edition description: 3rd ed.
Pages: 408
Sales rank: 266,215
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.30(d)
Age Range: 1 Year

About the Author

Capt. Wayne P. Hughes Jr., USN (Ret.) served thirty years on active duty, commanding a minesweeper, a destroyer, and a large training command. In retirement he served more than thirty years at the Naval Postgraduate School in many teaching, research, and administrative capacities and is now Dean Emeritus.

REAR ADM. ROBERT GIRRIER, USN (RET.), is founder and managing member of Strategic Navigation LLC, a consulting company. Serving over thirty-three years in the Navy, he stood-up and led the Navy staff 's first-ever office for unmanned warfare systems. While on active duty he served as Deputy Commander U.S. Pacific Fleet, commanded two carrier strike groups, served as the Navy's global mine warfare commander, com-manded a forward-deployed destroyer squadron, guided missile destroyer, and a mine countermeasures ship. He lives in Annapolis, Maryland.

Table of Contents

List of Figures and Tables xv

Foreword to the Third Edition xvii

Foreword to the Second Edition xxi

Foreword to the First Edition xxv

Preface xxix

Acknowledgments xxxv

Introduction 1

A Third Edition for the Cyber and Robotics Age 1

Fleet Tactics: A Definition 2

More Terminology 3

A Pre-Underway Tour 6

1 Six Cornerstones 9

Commentary from Aboukir Bay 9

Six Cornerstones 15

Sailors Matter Most 18

Doctrine: The Glue of Tactics 20

To Know Tactics, Know Technology 23

The Seat of Purpose Is on the Land 24

"A Ship's a Fool to Fight a Fort" 26

Attack Effectively First 29

Lanchester's Equations 30

2 Tactical Development, 1650-1815 35

The Age of Fighting Sail 35

The Ship of the Line: Massing Firepower 36

The Column: The Means of Control 38

The Creative Phase 39

The Fighting Instructions Mature 42

English Tactics Ossified 42

Naval Tactics Restored 43

The Influence of Strategy 45

Summary 46

3 Tactical Development in Peacetime 49

The Golden Age of Tactical Thought, 1865-1914 49

Precursors 50

After the Civil War, 1865-85 52

Triumph of the Big Gun, 1900-1916 55

Reemergence of the Fighting Column 58

Crossing the T 62

Cruising Formation and Tactical Scouting 63

Command-and-Control 64

The Destroyer Screen and Torpedo Threat 67

Turn-of-the-Century Theory and Practice 69

Jutland 70

Concept versus Reality 72

Summary 74

4 World War II: The Revolution in Weaponry 76

Surprise or Upheaval? 76

Five New Tactical Problems 80

A Tactical Model of Carrier Warfare 83

Resolution of Tactical Problems 91

Summary 97

5 World War II: The Revolution in Sensors 99

Scouting Measures and Countermeasures 99

Radar 102

Night Surface Actions in the Solomons 104

The Solomons: A Conclusion 113

Radar and Air Defense 116

Submarine and Sensors 117

Tactical Interaction between Land and Sea Forces 120

6 After World War II 123

New Kinds of Naval Operations 123

Purposes of Naval Operations 125

Functions Performed by Naval Operations 126

Operations of Navies at Sea 127

Operational Constants, Trends, and Variables 129

Two Great Constants: Operational Maneuver and Efficiency of Movement 130

A Great Constant: Land Battles Are Much More Frequent 131

A Great Trend: Changes in Scouring Effectiveness 131

A Recent Trend That Will Become More Extant 132

The Greatest Variable: Social and Political Changes 132

Part Trend, Part Variable: Fewer Battles at Sea 135

Command Processes Govern Campaigns 136

Tension between Cohesive Action and Delegated Authority 138

Improving Wartime Operations with Campaign Analysis 139

7 The Evolution of Tactics in the Age of Missile Warfare 141

Nuclear Warheads and Long-Range Missiles 141

Effect of Nuclear Weapons on Fleet Tactics and Ships 142

Tactical Legacies of Strategic Warfare Thinking 143

Missiles in Maritime Warfare 144

A Campaign Perspective of the Tanker Wars 146

Missile Combat between Fleets: The Record 147

Lessons of the South Atlantic War 149

Casualties at Sea 151

Damage per Quantity of Ordnance 152

Tactical Considerations of Staying Power 157

Littoral Warfare: Measuring Performance 158

Littoral Campaigns 159

Summary 161

8 The Great Trends 163

On the Principles of War 163

The Processes of Combat 167

Maneuver 170

Firepower 173

Counterforce 178

Scouting 184

Antiscouting 187

C2 and C2CM 189

9 The Great Constants 192

Maneuver 192

Firepower 194

Counterforce 196

Scouting 198

C2 and C2CM 200

Summary of Tactical Trends and Constants 210

10 The Trends and Constants of Technology 214

Technological Pace and Tactical Change 214

Secret Weapons and Wartime Surprise 215

Peacetime Evolutions and Revolutions 217

On Great Transitions 220

The Story of the Wampanoag 222

Effecting a Transition 224

Summary 226

11 The Great Variables 228

Theory, Planning, and the Battles Proximity 228

Missions and Forces 230

Mission: The Link to Strategy 230

The Intensity of War 233

Missions and Strategies of Inferior Navies 237

Forces 240

The Correlation of Naval Force 241

Payoff: The Synthesis of Force Attributes 246

12 A Twenty-First-Century Revolution 248

The Influence of Information Warfare 248

Cryptography and Cyberwarfare 250

Deception and Surprise 250

Exploitation of Unmanned Vehicles and Countermeasures 253

Information Operations for Rescue Missions and Diplomacy 254

Exploitation of Computing Machines and Information Flows 254

Exploitation of Space Satellites 256

Tactical Information Warfare in Combat 257

Information Warfare in Education and Training 258

Youth and Creativity 260

13 Modern Tactics and Operations 262

Missiles and Maxims 262

A Salvo Model of Modern Missile Combat 263

Variations and Historical Numbers 269

Planning with Salvo Equations 272

Salvo Equations for Impending Battle 274

Tactical Networks 279

Massing for Defense 280

A Recapitulation 284

A Tactical Focus for the American Navy 286

Scouting and Antiscouting 287

Shooting and Counterforce 288

Command, Control, and C2 Countermeasures 289

Integrated Thinking to Arrack Effectively First 290

Littoral Campaigns: A Land-Sea-Air Interaction 291

Summary 292

14 Log Entries 294

Dropping Anchor 294

Fleet Tactics 294

The Study of Tactics 300

Fiction and Forecasts 302

15 The Battle of the Aegean 306

Setting the Scene 306

The Battle of the Aegean 306

Updating the Scenario 330

Appendix A Terminology 333

Appendix B Principles of War 337

Bibliography 343

Index 355

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