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Total Naval Ship Power by Country

Authored By Staff Writer | Last Updated: 2/17/2015

The second oldest battlefield on earth - the sea - pushes the need for leading military powers to field a strong, capable navy.

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For thousands of years, strength at sea has been one of the defining military factors of any world power. Naval strength is used to respond to territorial disputes as well as enforce maritime borders and protect national interests. Today's navies are often required to operate thousands of miles away from homeports with combat not necessarily requiring line-of-sight. Couple these qualities with the expansive reach of carrier aircrafts, naval helicopters and UAVs and the oceans become a lethal battlefield all their own.


The listing below includes battleforce ships made up of aircraft carriers, frigates, destroyers, corvettes, torpedo boats, patrol boats, amphibious support craft, landing craft. Auxiliary vessels are also included. Landlocked nations are NOT penalized for the lack of a standing naval force and are, thus, excluded from this particular list.

1
1,061
2
673
3
473
4
397
5
352
6
313
7
245
8
232
9
202
10
175
11
174
12
171
13
166
14
155
15
143
16
131
17
122
18
121
19
120
20
115
21
113
22
113
23
102
24
100
25
90
26
88
27
83
28
81
29
81
30
80
31
75
32
75
33
74
34
69
35
66
36
66
37
65
38
63
39
62
40
61
41
60
42
60
43
60
44
59
45
57
46
56
47
56
48
55
49
55
50
54
51
52
52
50
53
50
54
48
55
47
56
46
57
41
58
41
59
40
60
40
61
40
62
39
63
38
64
37
65
37
66
36
67
30
68
30
69
30
70
29
71
28
72
27
73
26
74
25
75
20
76
20
77
20
78
20
79
19
80
19
81
19
82
19
83
18
84
18
85
18
86
16
87
15
88
12
89
12
90
11
91
10
92
10
93
9
94
8
95
8
96
8
97
8
98
6
99
6
100
5
101
4
102
4
103
3
104
2
105
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Partial Sources: CIA.gov, CIA World Factbook, wikipedia.com, public domain print and media sources and user contributions. Some values may be estimated when official sources are lacking.

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