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Naval tactics are maneuvers and procedures used by warships to accomplish their assigned missions. Guided missiles and aircraft greatly influenced and changed naval tactics in the latter half of the 20th century. Naval tactics can be organized into categories based on the type of opponent being engaged: anti-air warfare, antisurface warfare, and antisubmarine warfare. Naval tactics are also influenced by the formations, the weather, the electronic environment, the battlespace, and the level of air support available.

Anti-Air Warfare

In anti-air warfare, warships engage enemy aircraft and missiles with the intent of destroying the aircraft and avoiding damage from the missiles. Antiship missiles launched from aircraft represent the most serious threat to modern warships. As such, most warships carry some form of surface-to-air missile for use against ...

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