Date of Award


Degree Type

Major Paper

Degree Name

Master of Arts in Marine Affairs


This paper briefly summarizes the development of the Third United Nations Law of the Sea Conference (UNCLOS III)and the influence that national security had on its development.The missions of the navy as promulgated by Chief of Naval Operations, Admiral Elmo Zumwalt are: Strategic Deterrence;Sea Control; Projection of Force Ashore; and Naval Presence. The effect of the Draft Convention, InformalText (DC IT) provisions in five areas are discussed. These areas are: Transit of International Straits; Archipelagos;the Territorial Sea; the Exclusive Economic Zone; and the Deep Seabed.