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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.

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.

OVERVIEW



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 2018.


1
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86
North Korea
NKO
2
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73
China
CHN
3
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66
United States
USA
4
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62
Russia
RUS
5
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33
Iran
IRN
6
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17
Japan
JPN
7
National Flag Graphic
16
India
IND
8
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16
South Korea
SKO
9
National Flag Graphic
12
Turkey
TUR
10
National Flag Graphic
11
Colombia
COL
11
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11
Greece
GRE
12
National Flag Graphic
10
United Kingdom
UKD
13
National Flag Graphic
10
France
FRA
14
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8
Algeria
ALG
15
National Flag Graphic
8
Italy
ITA
16
National Flag Graphic
6
Germany
GER
17
National Flag Graphic
6
Australia
AUS
18
National Flag Graphic
6
Israel
ISR
19
National Flag Graphic
6
Vietnam
VTN
20
National Flag Graphic
6
Norway
NOR
21
National Flag Graphic
6
Egypt
EGP
22
National Flag Graphic
5
Sweden
SWE
23
National Flag Graphic
5
Brazil
BRA
24
National Flag Graphic
5
Peru
PER
25
National Flag Graphic
5
Pakistan
PAK
26
National Flag Graphic
4
Canada
CAN
27
National Flag Graphic
4
Chile
CHI
28
National Flag Graphic
4
Poland
POL
29
National Flag Graphic
4
Netherlands
NET
30
National Flag Graphic
4
Azerbaijan
AZR
31
National Flag Graphic
4
Taiwan
TAI
32
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3
South Africa
SAF
33
National Flag Graphic
3
Spain
SPA
34
National Flag Graphic
3
Indonesia
INO
35
National Flag Graphic
2
Malaysia
MLY
36
National Flag Graphic
2
Portugal
POR
37
National Flag Graphic
2
Argentina
ARG
38
National Flag Graphic
2
Venezuela
VEN
39
National Flag Graphic
2
Bangladesh
BAN
40
National Flag Graphic
1
Ecuador
ECU
41
National Flag Graphic
1
Cuba
CUB
42
National Flag Graphic
0
Denmark
DEN
43
National Flag Graphic
0
Latvia
LAT
44
National Flag Graphic
0
Georgia
GEO
45
National Flag Graphic
0
Albania
ALB
46
National Flag Graphic
0
Mexico
MEX
47
National Flag Graphic
0
Saudi Arabia
SAR
48
National Flag Graphic
0
Thailand
THA
49
National Flag Graphic
0
Libya
LBY
50
National Flag Graphic
0
Syria
SYR
51
National Flag Graphic
0
Finland
FIN
52
National Flag Graphic
0
Ivory Coast
IVC
53
National Flag Graphic
0
Qatar
QTR
54
National Flag Graphic
0
Sudan
SUD
55
National Flag Graphic
0
Bosnia and Herzegovina
BOS
56
National Flag Graphic
0
Turkmenistan
TKM
57
National Flag Graphic
0
Guatemala
GUA
58
National Flag Graphic
0
New Zealand
NWZ
59
National Flag Graphic
0
Nicaragua
NIC
60
National Flag Graphic
0
Slovenia
SLV
61
National Flag Graphic
0
Bolivia
BOL
62
National Flag Graphic
0
Kuwait
KUW
63
National Flag Graphic
0
Montenegro
MTN
64
National Flag Graphic
0
Yemen
YEM
65
National Flag Graphic
0
Estonia
EST
66
National Flag Graphic
0
Kazakhstan
KAZ
67
National Flag Graphic
0
Sri Lanka
SRL
68
National Flag Graphic
0
Oman
OMA
69
National Flag Graphic
0
Angola
ANG
70
National Flag Graphic
0
Laos
LAO
71
National Flag Graphic
0
Bulgaria
BUL
72
National Flag Graphic
0
Uganda
UGA
73
National Flag Graphic
0
Cambodia
CMB
74
National Flag Graphic
0
Croatia
CRO
75
National Flag Graphic
0
Liberia
LIB
76
National Flag Graphic
0
Democratic Republic of the Congo
DRC
77
National Flag Graphic
0
Ireland
IRE
78
National Flag Graphic
0
Dominican Republic
DOM
79
National Flag Graphic
0
Republic of the Congo
ROC
80
National Flag Graphic
0
El Salvador
ESL
81
National Flag Graphic
0
Gabon
GAB
82
National Flag Graphic
0
Honduras
HON
83
National Flag Graphic
0
Myanmar
MYA
84
National Flag Graphic
0
Sierra Leone
SIE
85
National Flag Graphic
0
Suriname
SUR
86
National Flag Graphic
0
Namibia
NAM
87
National Flag Graphic
0
Cameroon
CAM
88
National Flag Graphic
0
Panama
PAN
89
National Flag Graphic
0
Philippines
PHI
90
National Flag Graphic
0
Belgium
BEL
91
National Flag Graphic
0
Iraq
IRQ
92
National Flag Graphic
0
United Arab Emirates
UAE
93
National Flag Graphic
0
Mauritania
MAU
94
National Flag Graphic
0
Uruguay
URU
95
National Flag Graphic
0
Paraguay
PAR
96
National Flag Graphic
0
Ukraine
UKR
97
National Flag Graphic
0
Singapore
SIN
98
National Flag Graphic
0
Jordan
JOR
99
National Flag Graphic
0
Lithuania
LIT
100
National Flag Graphic
0
Nigeria
NIG
101
National Flag Graphic
0
Lebanon
LEB
102
National Flag Graphic
0
Kenya
KEN
103
National Flag Graphic
0
Bahrain
BAH
104
National Flag Graphic
0
Morocco
MOR
105
National Flag Graphic
0
Tunisia
TUN
106
National Flag Graphic
0
Ghana
GHA
107
National Flag Graphic
0
Somalia
SOM
108
National Flag Graphic
0
Serbia
SER
109
National Flag Graphic
0
Tanzania
TAN
110
National Flag Graphic
0
Mozambique
MOZ
111
National Flag Graphic
0
Madagascar
MAD
112
National Flag Graphic
0
Romania
ROM