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Ayşe Devrim Atauz

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780813031798

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813031798.001.0001

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Naval Organization of the Order of Saint John

Naval Organization of the Order of Saint John

(p.89) 4 Naval Organization of the Order of Saint John
Eight Thousand Years of Maltese Maritime History

Ayşe Devrim Atauz

University Press of Florida

This chapter discusses the naval organization of the Order of Saint John. It identifies the general concept that guides both the military and naval organization of the Order, and is called the “shield and sword”. While the shield referred to the fortifications on the islands, the sword referred to the relatively small but fast and efficient naval fleet. The chapter describes the galley squadron, the squadron of sailing warships, and the organization of the officer's rank and recruitment process.

Keywords:   naval organization, Order of Saint John, military organization, shield and sword, fortifications, naval fleet, galley squadron, sailing warships, recruitment process, officer rank

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