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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 2019.


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