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NARROW SEAS, English law. Those seas which adjoin the coast of England. Bac. Ab. Prerogative, B 3.

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All major amphibious landing operations are inherently joint/combined (multinational), regardless of the physical environment; also, attacks on major naval bases and ports, support of the coastal flank of friendly troops, and attacks on and defense of maritime trade in narrow seas require the closest cooperation among the services.
Warfare in the littorals, particularly in narrow seas, differs in important respects from the war on the open ocean.
17) In the military meaning of the term, a narrow sea is a body of water that can be controlled from either side.
Submarines, by conducting attacks in various parts of a narrow sea, can create an impression that a larger number of them are present than is the case.
The short distances in a typical narrow sea also allow the use of all types of fixed-wing aircraft and helicopters.
longitudinally), from one shore to the opposite one (laterally), or again longitudinally between sea exit(s) and ports of destination within a given narrow sea.
The employment of naval forces and aircraft in a narrow sea is greatly affected by length of the coastline, the number and size of natural harbors, the terrain, the presence of offshore islands, the abundance or scarcity of natural resources, and inland communications.
As noted above, lines of operation in a typical narrow sea and, hence, deployment and redeployment times are rather short.
The restricted maneuvering space in a typical narrow sea, especially with shoals and reefs, is even more confined if one or both opponents lay mines.
The small size of the typical narrow sea allows both the attacker and the defender to keep a large part of the theater under constant observation.
Because of the short distances, the effectiveness of aircraft against ships and targets on the coast is much higher in a typical narrow sea than on the open ocean.
At the same time, the influence of land is far more pronounced in a typical narrow sea than it is on the open ocean.