A Fleet in Being
by Rudyard Kipling
Macmillan & Co., 1898 [First Edition], hardcover with illustrated boards
Good Condition, front fly-leaves and title page missing, some edge and shelf wer, some rubbing and bumping to edges and corners, some discolouration to covers, small tears and missing tip to spine, splitting hinge, text block in-tact, missing top corner of page 31, slightly bowed front cover (see photographs)
"In naval warfare, a "fleet in being" is a naval force that extends a controlling influence without ever leaving port. Were the fleet to leave port and face the enemy, it might lose in battle and no longer influence the enemy's actions, but while it remains safely in port, the enemy is forced to continually deploy forces to guard against it. A "fleet in being" can be part of a sea denial doctrine, but not one of sea control."