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Total Submarine Strength by Country


Next to the aircraft carrier, the submarine remains a powerfully effective war time instrument capable of attacking naval assets and land-based targets from far-off locations.

The modern attack submarine is capable of unleashing an accurate barrage of conventional or nuclear missiles against land-based and ocean-going surface targets while also having the facilities to counter enemy submarines of similar design. Additionally, submarines can be used to assist special forces in clandestine operations. Many modern world navies utilize the submarine primarily as a deterrent element in territorial waters with most forces keeping a standard fleet of about five or more boats.

The American submarine force consists entirely of nuclear-powered boats whereas many competing forces field lower-cost, less-complicated diesel-electric types. The U.S. Navy also has the largest underwater force in the world with North Korea coming in a close second. However it should be noted that the North Korean force is made up largely of coastal-minded attack submarines with limited capabilities when compared to larger, nuclear-powered forms fielded by major powers. The top three major submarine powers, therefore, become the United States, China and Russia who command considerable military budgets to keep their expensive submarine forces afloat.

For the purposes of the GFP ranking, landlocked nations are NOT penalized for the lack of a standing naval force though nations with a standing navy ARE penalized for lacking certain naval assets (like submarines). This GFP listing does not make a distinction between nuclear-powered and diesel-electric types nor does it take into account submarine type (attack, nuclear-capable, etc...), design age, or construction / unit quality / training.

The data presented below is through 2017.

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76  
North Korea
NKO
2
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70  
United States
USA
3
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68  
China
CHN
4
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63  
Russia
RUS
5
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33  
Iran
IRN
6
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17  
Japan
JPN
7
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15  
India
IND
8
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15  
South Korea
SKO
9
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12  
Turkey
TUR
10
National Flag
11  
Colombia
COL
11
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11  
Greece
GRE
12
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11  
United Kingdom
UKD
13
National Flag
10  
France
FRA
14
National Flag
8  
Pakistan
PAK
15
National Flag
7  
Italy
ITA
16
National Flag
6  
Algeria
ALG
17
National Flag
6  
Israel
ISR
18
National Flag
6  
Singapore
SIN
19
National Flag
6  
Australia
AUS
20
National Flag
6  
Peru
PER
21
National Flag
6  
Vietnam
VTN
22
National Flag
6  
Germany
GER
23
National Flag
6  
Norway
NOR
24
National Flag
5  
Sweden
SWE
25
National Flag
5  
Poland
POL
26
National Flag
5  
Brazil
BRA
27
National Flag
5  
Egypt
EGP
28
National Flag
4  
Netherlands
NET
29
National Flag
4  
Chile
CHI
30
National Flag
4  
Canada
CAN
31
National Flag
4  
Azerbaijan
AZR
32
National Flag
4  
Taiwan
TAI
33
National Flag
4  
Indonesia
INO
34
National Flag
3  
South Africa
SAF
35
National Flag
3  
Spain
SPA
36
National Flag
3  
Argentina
ARG
37
National Flag
2  
Ecuador
ECU
38
National Flag
2  
Malaysia
MLY
39
National Flag
2  
Portugal
POR
40
National Flag
2  
Venezuela
VEN
41
National Flag
0  
Turkmenistan
TKM
42
National Flag
0  
Georgia
GEO
43
National Flag
0  
Denmark
DEN
44
National Flag
0  
Albania
ALB
45
National Flag
0  
Mexico
MEX
46
National Flag
0  
Saudi Arabia
SAR
47
National Flag
0  
Thailand
THA
48
National Flag
0  
Libya
LIB
49
National Flag
0  
Syria
SYR
50
National Flag
0  
Finland
FIN
51
National Flag
0  
Guatemala
GUA
52
National Flag
0  
Qatar
QTR
53
National Flag
0  
Sudan
SUD
54
National Flag
0  
Bosnia and Herzegovina
BOS
55
National Flag
0  
Latvia
LAT
56
National Flag
0  
Ivory Coast
IVC
57
National Flag
0  
New Zealand
NWZ
58
National Flag
0  
Nicaragua
NIC
59
National Flag
0  
Slovenia
SLV
60
National Flag
0  
Bolivia
BOL
61
National Flag
0  
Kuwait
KUW
62
National Flag
0  
Cameroon
CAM
63
National Flag
0  
Belgium
BEL
64
National Flag
0  
Estonia
EST
65
National Flag
0  
Kazakhstan
KAZ
66
National Flag
0  
Bangladesh
BAN
67
National Flag
0  
Sri Lanka
SRL
68
National Flag
0  
Oman
OMA
69
National Flag
0  
Angola
ANG
70
National Flag
0  
Laos
LAO
71
National Flag
0  
Bulgaria
BUL
72
National Flag
0  
Croatia
CRO
73
National Flag
0  
Cambodia
CMB
74
National Flag
0  
Democratic Republic of the Congo
DRC
75
National Flag
0  
Cuba
CUB
76
National Flag
0  
Dominican Republic
DOM
77
National Flag
0  
Republic of the Congo
ROC
78
National Flag
0  
El Salvador
ESL
79
National Flag
0  
Gabon
GAB
80
National Flag
0  
Honduras
HON
81
National Flag
0  
Myanmar
MYA
82
National Flag
0  
Sierra Leone
SIE
83
National Flag
0  
Suriname
SUR
84
National Flag
0  
Namibia
NAM
85
National Flag
0  
Uganda
UGA
86
National Flag
0  
Panama
PAN
87
National Flag
0  
Philippines
PHI
88
National Flag
0  
Iraq
IRQ
89
National Flag
0  
Yemen
YEM
90
National Flag
0  
Mauritania
MAU
91
National Flag
0  
United Arab Emirates
UAE
92
National Flag
0  
Uruguay
URU
93
National Flag
0  
Paraguay
PAR
94
National Flag
0  
Ukraine
UKR
95
National Flag
0  
Jordan
JOR
96
National Flag
0  
Lithuania
LIT
97
National Flag
0  
Nigeria
NIG
98
National Flag
0  
Lebanon
LEB
99
National Flag
0  
Kenya
KEN
100
National Flag
0  
Bahrain
BAH
101
National Flag
0  
Morocco
MOR
102
National Flag
0  
Tunisia
TUN
103
National Flag
0  
Ghana
GHA
104
National Flag
0  
Somalia
SOM
105
National Flag
0  
Serbia
SER
106
National Flag
0  
Tanzania
TAN
107
National Flag
0  
Mozambique
MOZ
108
National Flag
0  
Madagascar
MAD
109
National Flag
0  
Romania
ROM