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Unformatted text preview: UNITED STATES NAVAL ACADEMY Trouble in the Gulf: The application of US Navy doctrine and its effect on the outcome of the Battle of Leyte Gulf during World War Two NS300: NAVAL WARFARE SECTION 1120 LT SEMPLE BY MIDSHIPMAN MICHAEL J. SLAGH 08, CO 16 ANNAPOLIS, MARYLAND 22 SEPTEMBER 2006 Trouble in the Gulf: The application of US Navy doctrine and its effect on the outcome of the Battle of Leyte Gulf during World War Two A historic engagement that lasted for days with an outcome that proved to be one of the turning points in the Second World War, the Battle of Leyte gulf was without question complex, momentous, and a literal diagram for naval doctrine for future engagements. The analysis of this conflict shows us that while war can be an all-out brutal engagement, there are set principles that can assist in ensuring success. Also, the importance of specific doctrine was seen in the defined character of naval forces. Unfortunately, it is not as easy to account for the cavernous differences in leadership that plague every nations forces, as a moments action from one leader in the right place could change the course of an entire battle. Because the Americans and the Allied forces established a character of naval forces, followed principles of war through well-defined roles, and implemented sound leadership, they were able to take command in the Leyte Gulf put a stranglehold on the Japanese forces. There are four characteristics of naval forces that our current naval doctrine necessitates; all of which were exemplified in the Battle of Leyte Gulf. In the hours leading up to the battle of the Sibuyan Sea, Allied naval forces were at the ready Slagh 2 inside the Leyte Gulf. This included a large part of the Seventh Fleet, which in turn was positioned in layers throughout the gulf. Forward deployed naval forces help deter conflict and attain a rapid, favorable end to hostilities. 1 As a result of the forces at ready, the landings were carried out on Leyte without hindrancemostly due to the staggering number forces availableand even allowed Bull Halsey to refuel and rest his crews. The ability to refuel as well as keep in a fresh of sailors shows that the Allied forces also had self-sustainability. It is interesting to note that keeping forces at the ready lead to simplified self-sustainability. The cause and effect relationship seems to suggest that the character of naval forces can act as...
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This note was uploaded on 04/21/2008 for the course NS 300 taught by Professor Smith during the Fall '06 term at Naval Academy.

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