Sea Denial Law and Legal Definition

Sea denial is a military term describing attempts to deny an enemy's ability to use the sea (usually with naval blockades or port blockades), at the same time making no attempt to control the sea itself. It is a far easier strategy to carry out than sea control because it requires the mere existence of a navy. The downside of sea denial is that fleets may become over-stretched as constant hit-and-run tactics can erode unit strength, leaving them unready for direct action in main fleet combat.