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The Evolution and Significance of the 1972 Incidents at Sea Agreement

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As a consequence of the rapid growth of Soviet maritime power during the 1960s, hazardous incidents at sea and in the air became a regular part of the Cold War. Eventually, both Washington and Moscow came to recognize the importance of an agreement limiting this perilous set of interactions, resulting in the Incidents at Sea Agreement that was signed in May 1972. The set of rules and procedures agreed upon helped to calm tensions in subsequent crises and provides ample lessons for placing reasonable limits on other tense maritime rivalries.

Keywords: Collision at Sea; INC SEA; Secretary of Navy John Warner; Soviet Navy

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: Naval Historical Foundation

Publication date: April 1, 2005

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