Sunday, April 5, 2009

Purpose of the Navy

“The purpose of the Navy,” says Vice Admiral John Bird, commander of the Seventh Fleet, “is not to fight.” The mere presence of the Navy should suffice, he argues, to dissuade any attack or attempt to destabilize the region.

“I am a disciple of Adam Smith,” he says wryly. “Peace can be reached by free trade, but free trade requires that the sea be policed by a strong navy.”


Frank Bartow said...

I think I'm gonna hurl.

Anonymous said...

Captain Lambert,

In my Navy years there were many times that I heard such things as “it does not have to work it just has to look good”. Is this a supplement to that philosophy?

Very Respectfully,