Air Defence at Sea - J. R. (John Richard) HillLondon: Ian Allan, 1988, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper.
Contains: Black & white photographs; Diagrams; Maps; Tables; 2-column text;
From the cover: “In 1967 history was made when an Egyptian ‘Komar’ class patrol boat in Port Said fired several ‘styx’ missiles at the Israeli destroyer Eilat, some 12 miles off the coast, and sank it. This was the first ship-to-ship missile casualty. It led to much sensational treatment in the press, which seemed to think that their ignorance of the threat was shared by the world’s navies. That was not so; but it is fair to say that if there had been complacency in some quarters before, there was much less afterwards.
As the loss of the Type 42 destroyer HMS Sheffield in 1982 and the crippling of the guided missile frigate USS Stark in 1987 have shown, keeping the sea in the face of a modern air threat is a difficult and expensive business, calling for not only a wide range of technologies but also considerable tactical skill, preparedness and commitment. There are no easy options here. For the West, the threat is a diverse one, of a multitude of ship, air and submarine weapon systems: the Soviet air threat is the most comprehensive of all those wielded by the world’s maritime forces.
In this volume, Richard Hill follows his powerful exposition of Anti-Submarine Warfare in the Combat Roles series with a similarly pertinent study of Air Defence at Sea. He addresses clearly the wider strategic complications of The US Maritime Strategy and expanding Soviet naval influence, as well as the details of technological developments and the variety of weapons systems. His discussions of the principles and tactics are no less authoritative, and in particular the importance of information gathering and denial, and of layered defence, are stressed.”