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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.


    1
    76  
    North Korea
    NKO
    2
    70  
    United States
    USA
    3
    68  
    China
    CHN
    4
    63  
    Russia
    RUS
    5
    33  
    Iran
    IRN
    6
    17  
    Japan
    JPN
    7
    15  
    India
    IND
    8
    15  
    South Korea
    SKO
    9
    12  
    Turkey
    TUR
    10
    11  
    Colombia
    COL
    11
    11  
    Greece
    GRE
    12
    11  
    United Kingdom
    UKD
    13
    10  
    France
    FRA
    14
    8  
    Pakistan
    PAK
    15
    7  
    Italy
    ITA
    16
    6  
    Algeria
    ALG
    17
    6  
    Israel
    ISR
    18
    6  
    Singapore
    SIN
    19
    6  
    Australia
    AUS
    20
    6  
    Peru
    PER
    21
    6  
    Vietnam
    VTN
    22
    6  
    Germany
    GER
    23
    6  
    Norway
    NOR
    24
    5  
    Sweden
    SWE
    25
    5  
    Poland
    POL
    26
    5  
    Brazil
    BRA
    27
    5  
    Egypt
    EGP
    28
    4  
    Netherlands
    NET
    29
    4  
    Chile
    CHI
    30
    4  
    Canada
    CAN
    31
    4  
    Azerbaijan
    AZR
    32
    4  
    Taiwan
    TAI
    33
    4  
    Indonesia
    INO
    34
    3  
    South Africa
    SAF
    35
    3  
    Spain
    SPA
    36
    3  
    Argentina
    ARG
    37
    2  
    Ecuador
    ECU
    38
    2  
    Malaysia
    MLY
    39
    2  
    Portugal
    POR
    40
    2  
    Venezuela
    VEN
    41
    0  
    Turkmenistan
    TKM
    42
    0  
    Georgia
    GEO
    43
    0  
    Denmark
    DEN
    44
    0  
    Albania
    ALB
    45
    0  
    Mexico
    MEX
    46
    0  
    Saudi Arabia
    SAR
    47
    0  
    Thailand
    THA
    48
    0  
    Libya
    LIB
    49
    0  
    Syria
    SYR
    50
    0  
    Finland
    FIN
    51
    0  
    Guatemala
    GUA
    52
    0  
    Qatar
    QTR
    53
    0  
    Sudan
    SUD
    54
    0  
    Bosnia and Herzegovina
    BOS
    55
    0  
    Latvia
    LAT
    56
    0  
    Ivory Coast
    IVC
    57
    0  
    New Zealand
    NWZ
    58
    0  
    Nicaragua
    NIC
    59
    0  
    Slovenia
    SLV
    60
    0  
    Bolivia
    BOL
    61
    0  
    Kuwait
    KUW
    62
    0  
    Cameroon
    CAM
    63
    0  
    Belgium
    BEL
    64
    0  
    Estonia
    EST
    65
    0  
    Kazakhstan
    KAZ
    66
    0  
    Bangladesh
    BAN
    67
    0  
    Sri Lanka
    SRL
    68
    0  
    Oman
    OMA
    69
    0  
    Angola
    ANG
    70
    0  
    Laos
    LAO
    71
    0  
    Bulgaria
    BUL
    72
    0  
    Croatia
    CRO
    73
    0  
    Cambodia
    CMB
    74
    0  
    Democratic Republic of the Congo
    DRC
    75
    0  
    Cuba
    CUB
    76
    0  
    Dominican Republic
    DOM
    77
    0  
    Republic of the Congo
    ROC
    78
    0  
    El Salvador
    ESL
    79
    0  
    Gabon
    GAB
    80
    0  
    Honduras
    HON
    81
    0  
    Myanmar
    MYA
    82
    0  
    Sierra Leone
    SIE
    83
    0  
    Suriname
    SUR
    84
    0  
    Namibia
    NAM
    85
    0  
    Uganda
    UGA
    86
    0  
    Panama
    PAN
    87
    0  
    Philippines
    PHI
    88
    0  
    Iraq
    IRQ
    89
    0  
    Yemen
    YEM
    90
    0  
    Mauritania
    MAU
    91
    0  
    United Arab Emirates
    UAE
    92
    0  
    Uruguay
    URU
    93
    0  
    Paraguay
    PAR
    94
    0  
    Ukraine
    UKR
    95
    0  
    Jordan
    JOR
    96
    0  
    Lithuania
    LIT
    97
    0  
    Nigeria
    NIG
    98
    0  
    Lebanon
    LEB
    99
    0  
    Kenya
    KEN
    100
    0  
    Bahrain
    BAH
    101
    0  
    Morocco
    MOR
    102
    0  
    Tunisia
    TUN
    103
    0  
    Ghana
    GHA
    104
    0  
    Somalia
    SOM
    105
    0  
    Serbia
    SER
    106
    0  
    Tanzania
    TAN
    107
    0  
    Mozambique
    MOZ
    108
    0  
    Madagascar
    MAD
    109
    0  
    Romania
    ROM