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Top 10 Most Powerful Navies in the World

Perhaps you know which country has the best and strongest navy.
But are you not concerned about which countries are behind THAT?
Since the sea was navigable, empires from early ages began to the race to conquer the 70% earth, and the ability to project naval strength across oceans is a defining feature.
The list below, based on data compiled in Global Firepower’s 2018 world navy ranking by the number of offensive & defensive assets they have.
Check out the most powerful top 10 navies in the world:

10.Taiwan (Republic of China Navy)

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  • 2 Assault submarines.
  • 8 Anti mines
  • 22 Frigates.
  • 4 destroyers.
  • 12 Patrol vessels.

The Republic of China Navy has significantly improved its naval defense technology over the past two decades, primarily by buying ships from the US and some warships from other countries.
Taiwan can also construct its own vessels, too.
The Taiwanese Navy comprises nearly 38,000 operational personnel with over 100 active ships which includes over 4 destroyers, 20 frigates, 31 boats with missiles, 2 submarines, 12 patrol boats, 1 corvette, 9 minesweepers, 10 auxiliary warships, 10 amphibious ships, and 28 aircraft.
The ROC’s primary task is to protect its surrounding waters and territories against a possible blockade, attack, or invasion by the People’s Republic of China.
The Chinese navy is far more powerful than Taiwanese, however, if both countries are engaged in maritime warfare, you can count on Taiwan to fight well.
This deployment protects the Taiwan Strait and adjacent seas by naval exercises and counter-strike wartime counter-invasion activities.
The Taiwanese navy competed for the 10th spot on this most powerful navy in the world list with the Indonesian navy.
There are twice as many active personnel and considerably more ships in the Indonesian navy, but they limit most of their warships to seafarers.
Another powerful player that we could not include among the strongest navies is the Turkish navy, which has a large coastal fleet and is primarily designed to operate in the Mediterranean region.

9.Italy (Italian Navy)

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  • 2 Aircraft carrier.
  • 6 Assault submarines.
  • 17 Anti mines
  • 12 Frigates.
  • 3 landing vessels.
  • 4 destroyers.
  • 14 Patrol vessels.

There is a naval fleet with some 31,000 personnel in the Italian Navy (officially Marina Militare Italiana).
Italian Navy operates warships of all types.
There is one aircraft carrier from Cavour light, which is also their flagship.
It can handle V/STOL (e.g. Harriers and F-35Bs), helicopters and aircraft systems.
The Cavour can transport while holding troops and vehicles as well.
A smaller aircraft carrier with the Italian navy named Giuseppe Garibaldi in service.
It was known as the Royal Marine until, after the Second World War, as the Kingdom of Italy was replaced by the Republic of Italy.
The fleet comprises two aircraft carriers, eight submarines of attack, three amphibious attack craft, four destroyers, thirteen frigates, two corvettes, 10 coastal patrol boats, ten offshore patrolling ships, and four coastal patrol vessels.
There are 6 active anti-submarine frigates of Maestrale-class frigate. Although the decommissioning of all these warships is to take place in the next few years.
The Marine Brigade of Italy has a strength of 3,800 men, and the Navy recruits the amphibious brigade on 3 amphibious transport vessels of the San Giorgio class.
Navy built it on considering enhanced standards which can bring more troops compared to the third ship of San Giusto class.
Italy is reportedly developing a new amphibian attack boat from Trieste.
By 2022, this would take effect to replace the light aircraft carrier, Giuseppe Garibaldi.

8.South Korea (Republic of Korea Navy)

  • 1 Amphibious attack ships.
  • 13 Assault submarines.
  • 10 Anti mines
  • 9 Frigates.
  • 10 destroyers.
  • 2 Patrol vessels.

South Korean Armed Forces are responsible for naval and amphibious landing activities.
South Korea’s navy has been constantly improving since the 1990s, just like Taiwan.
But unlike the Taiwanese Navy, which imports many ships from western countries, the South Korean Navy operates every vessel made in their homeland.
Most of them are designed & manufactured by state-owned companies, while private firms like Hyundai and Daewoo make the rest of the armed vessels.
South Korea has about 70,000 active personnel which is much more than combined forces of our predecessors Italian Navy and Republic of China (Taiwan).
It comprises sixteen submarines, one amphibious assault boat, six landing vessels, eight landing crafts, and 12 destroyers, 13 frogs, 16 corvettes, 11 mine anti-patrol vessels, and 70 fighter aircraft.
South Korea needs a powerful military to protect itself from its neighbor’s sea-based attacks with a threat of Northern Korea always on the horizon.
Thankfully, since the Korean War, the South Korean economy has slowly been increasing, allowing the government to use modern military equipment with a large amount of money.
Based on what is happening regarding North Korea today, you can expect that the South Korean government will further boost the nation’s coastal defenses.
The ROK Navy is composed of the Marine Corps of the Republic of Korea, which was established in 1945, the ROK Navy is one of the oldest branches of South Korean military.
Although South Korean Marine was a little established many decades ago, it has recently become a competent ocean force from a maritime army.

7.India (Indian Navy)

  • 1 Aircraft carrier.
  • 1 Amphibious attack ships.
  • 14 Assault submarines.
  • 8 Anti mines
  • 14 Frigates.
  • 19 landing vessels.
  • 10 destroyers.
  • 24 corvette.
  • 32 Patrol vessels
  • 1 missile submarines.

There is about 67,000 personnel are employed in the Indian Navy. Defense wise, India is the second-strongest navy in Asia.
India is slowly but surely upgrading the resources in its defense to become a true sea power to balance its Chinese neighbor.
INS Vikramaditya aircraft carrier is the flagship of the Indian Navy.
In terms of the number of aircraft carrying capacity, this carrier is moderate.
Cochin Shipyard (State-owned company) built the first homemade aircraft carrier INS Vikrant that was commissioned in 2013 and is more capable than its foreign-made predecessor.
It has increased India’s power projection capacity dramatically though the Indian Ocean.
11 destroyers are operating at the Navy, including three destroyers of the Kolkata class.
Some of them are 3 Delhi class and 5 older destroyers in the Rajput class with 13 operational frigates.
Their Navy had crafted many of them in modern technology, including three Shivalik and six Talwar missile guided frigates.
There is also a single frigate of the Godavari class, 3 older Brahmaputra classes and 20 corvettes intended to protect coastal Waters.
A single ballistic missile class submarine is operated by the Indian Navy, while the second class ship will be commissioned shortly.
These submarines with nuclear power have been developed and incorporated with high secrecy.
There is one submarine for a nuclear attack. The lead boat has been launched, two more boats will soon become operational and three more ships will be constructed.
INS Vishal is an aircraft carrier planned for the construction of Cochin Shipyard by the Indian Navy, also known as the Indigenous Aircraft Carrier 2.
They design it to be India’s second aircraft carrier after INS Vikrant and India’s first supercarrier.
The Indian Navy has been quickly modernized to upgrade its outdated facilities, often seen as part of India to develop the security in coastal Waters and strengthen its influence in the Indian Ocean.

6.France (French Navy)

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  • 1 Aircraft carrier.
  • 3 Amphibious attack ships.
  • 6 Assault submarines.
  • 18 Anti mines
  • 19 Frigates.
  • 2 landing vessels.
  • 4 destroyers.
  • 15 Patrol vessels
  • 4 missile submarines.

The Kingdom of France established the French Navy in 1624 and is one of the world’s oldest naval forces. 
Also known as “La Royale,” took part in both World Wars and played an important role in building the French colonial empire.
There are about 36,000 working naval officers, about 200 aircraft with a single carrier, 4 submarines, 6 submarines with combat ballistic missiles, 3 amphibious naval vessels, 4 air defense destroyers, 8 submarines, 5 general purpose frigates, 6 surveillance frigates, 21 patrol vessels, and 18 mine counter-attack warships.
The list also comprises various supporting and assisting ships, including training ships, tugboats, and refueling vessels.
France is also one of the 10 top nuclear weapons countries in the world, so it is not surprising that there is such a considerable force on the coastline.
They defined its role as intelligence preserving, public protection, crisis prevention, and the invasion of a threat to French vital interest.
The Marine Nationale comprises four branches.

  • Force D’Action Navale
  • Forces Sous-marines
  • Aeronavale
  • Fusiliers marine.

The Naval Force operates many combat vessels including a nuclear carrier, nuclear submarines, frigates, etc. 
Among them is French Navy flagship Charles de Gaulle aircraft carrier, which is only nuclear-powered aircraft carrier that has been constructed outside of the USA. 
French navy also operates 4 guided frigates of the Aquitaine Class while new ships are being constructed of this type. 
These new frigates are shortly to replace destroyers class Cassard and class Georges Leygues with frigates of class Aquitaine. 

5.United Kingdom (Royal Navy)

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  • 1 Aircraft carrier.
  • 3 Amphibious attack ships.
  • 6 Assault submarines.
  • 18 Anti mines
  • 19 Frigates.
  • 2 landing vessels.
  • 4 destroyers.
  • 15 Patrol vessels
  • 4 missile submarines.

The British Navy is officially known as the Royal Navy. The Royal Navy was the most powerful navy in the world from the mid-18th century to the early 20th century.
It was an unrivaled influence and played a major role in the development of the British Empire.
The United States Navy only surpassed it when the Second World War occurred.
Now, the Royal Navy mostly focuses on expeditionary activities.
Currently, Queen Elizabeth class aircraft carrier is in commission expect while in the next couple of years.
British carriers are much larger than American aircraft carriers and somewhat bigger than Russian and Chinese carriers.
Six Daring anti-air fighting destroyers are owned by the British Navy.
Such vessels patrol wide areas and provide the fleet with air defense.
In contrast to the Daring class destroyers, thirteen duke frigates were mostly for warfare against submarines.
There is a well-respected, Royal Marine Commando Brigade of 7700 personnel in the Royal Navy.
The Royal Marines is the European Union’s most powerful naval infantry force (Second in the world after US marines).
There are 2 landing ships in class Albion and 3 logistic landing vessels in class Bay.
Three nuclear-powered submarines are operating in the Astute class. There are four ships of this class constructed.
There are also 3 nuclear-powered attacking Trafalgar-class active warships that will slowly retire in the coming years.
They also maintain 4 Vanguard ballistic missile submarines at the Royal Navy.
Each of these ships may carry a maximum of 192 nuclear warheads.
This power is enough for whole countries to be wiped out.
The fleet contains one aircraft carrier, three ballistic missile submarines, six nuclear power submarines, three amphibious vessels, six destroyers, 13 frigates, three offshore patrols, 13 minehunters, 18 fast patrol boats.
The Royal Navy also uses an HMS Bristol destroyer type 82 and an HMS Victory ship of the line.
The latter is noteworthy as the oldest naval vessel ever afloat and serves as the first sea lord’s flagship.

4.Japan (Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force)

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  • 2 Amphibious attack ships.
  • 18,Assault submarines.
  • 29 Anti mines
  • 40 Frigates.
  • landing vessels.
  • 10 destroyers.
  • 7 Patrol vessels.

A few years after World War II, the Japanese maritime self-defense force was officially established, having nearly 51,000 active personnel and a fleet of 150 vessels and over 300 aircraft, rendering it as the largest navy in the world.
The Japan Self-Defense Maritime Force comprises 17 warships, 26 destroyers, 10 frigates, 4 air defense destroyers, 6 corvettes, 3 landing ships, two landing crafts, 25 counter-attack vessels, six patrol ships, and eight training boats.
Japan recently modernized its marine facilities, just like South Korea, to defend itself from North Korea’s threat.
Nonetheless, the Japanese government finds nuclear weapons to a dissuasive for North Korea.
The Japan Sea Forces is a Japanese self-defense military unit, which is responsible for Japan’s coastal defenses.
Under US supervision, they established the Japanese naval forces after the imperial Japanese navy breakup after the Second World War.
Japan Maritime supervision,-Defense Force (JMSDF) is a Japanese navy of 50,800 personnel, 150 ships, and almost 346 aircraft.
As a part of the Japanese constitution, the naval self-defense force is legally limited to military doctrine.
It operates state-of-the-art warships and submarines. In contrast, they keep the Japanese fleet ready and highly efficient.
Therefore, while Japanese navies lose their numbers and tonnage to the Chinese fleet, Japanese warships are more modern and equipped with the latest guns.
The JMSDF has no nuclear weapons, though.
Around 20 submarines belong to Japan’s navy.
As far as Japan does not use nuclear warships, it has built up diesel submarines that have improved strength and offensive capabilities.
Yet Japan does not have any underwater ballistic missiles or strategic ballistic missiles.
Naval aircraft in Japan comprises about 70 Lockheed P-3C Orions and a dozen Kawasaki Navy P-1s.

3.Russia (Russian Navy)

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  • 1 Aircraft Carrier.
  • 1 Amphibious Attack Ship.
  • 32 Attack submarine.
  • 42 anti-mines.
  • 4 cruisers.
  • 81 corvettes.
  • 16 Destroyers.
  • 10 Frigates.
  • 68 patrol vessels.
  • 6 Landing vessels
  • 4 Missile submarine

Russian Federation has one of the best navies in the world, officially established in 1992 following the dissolution of the Soviet Union.
It comprises about 148,000 staff, which almost triples the Japan Maritime Self Defense Force’s active staff.
This comprises over 300 operational vessels and 300 boats.
Russia’s main naval fleet includes 1 cargo carrier, 1 battlecruiser, 3 cruisers, 13 destroyers, 8 frigates, 78 corvettes, 17 submerged SSNs, 22 submarines for the attack of SSK, 13 submarines for ballistic weapons, 7 submarines of cruise-missiles, 3 submarines for special purposed purposes.
While Russia is better known for its strong ground forces, the Russian navy must soon remind all that Russia is well prepared for sea skirmishes.
The Russian navy inherited the fleet from the Soviet navy after the fall of the Soviet Union.
The Russian fleet has decreased substantially since the early 1990s with the end of the Cold War and the resulting funding problems.
Cold War remnants are the bulk of its ships. In the last two decades, because of its small funding, the Russian army has faced problems maintaining its main troops.
A single battle-cruiser, but still fighting to maintain this huge warship, is used by the Russian navy.
Also, 3 smaller missile Slava cruisers offer great anti-ship, anti-aircraft and anti-submarine capabilities.
The Russian Marine loses the warship number and tonnage on paper to the Chinese navy.
The Russian navy, however, has several proven ballistic missile submarines, which have been extremely deadly.
With about 148,000 staff, various warships and submarines, it remains a formidable force.

2.China (People’s Liberation Army Navy)

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  • 2 Amphibious attack ships.
  • 52 Assault submarines.
  • 27 Anti mines
  • 51 Frigates.
  • 25 landing vessels.
  • 26 destroyers.
  • 50 Patrol vessels
  • 6 missile submarines.

Since the 1990s, China’s navy has grown its arsenal and is building new warships and submarines in rapid growth.
The Chinese Army is officially called the People’s Liberation Army and its strength is about 255,000.
Today it is in terms of tonnage the second largest fleet after the US Navy, In fact, it has the largest number of powerful combatants.
There is a Chinese navy owned by A single Liaoning aircraft carrier in 2018. They use mainly as a training ship.
A similar carrier is being designed and is scheduled to become operational in 2019-2020.
Some newer warships are not as capable as their western or Russian counterparts.
On the other hand, the construction of new advanced warships is rapid.
However, about 5-6 guidance missile cruisers of type 055 are about to be completed and are expected to operate in 2020.
The Navy of the People’s Liberation Army has quickly become one of the world’s most powerful maritime forces.

1.United States (United States Navy)

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  • 10 Aircraft carrier, 2 in reserve, 3 underconstruction.
  • 10 Amphibious attack ships.
  • 53 Assault submarines.
  • 14 Anti mines
  • 30 Frigates.
  • 21 landing vessels.
  • 60 destroyers.
  • 22 cruisers.
  • 2 corvette.
  • 100 Patrol vessels
  • 18 missile submarines.

For 100 years, the US Navy is the most powerful navy in the world.
The US Navy shifted from a broad war with the Soviet Union to regional conflict in the early 1990s following the Cold War.
For lower funding and lack of adequate threat currently, but mainly to the cost of smaller ships, US fleets continue to decline instead of major surface soldiers and the most deadly submarines.
In the early 20th century, the US took over the British empire in terms of naval strength.
Big thanks to one of our best presidents Theodore Roosevelt, who employed Big Stick ideology.
The US Navy runs 11 large carriers with aircraft used to display its sheer power.
These include one carrier in the Ford-class and 10 carriers in the Nimitz and Revised Nimitz class.
Each carrier is made up of 70-80 aircraft. It’s a larger and stronger force than many nations’ total air force.
Each of these warships carries approximately 1700-2000 Marines and blinded vehicles and delivers tilt rotors, helicopters, and hovercraft to shore.
Such combat boats are heavier than most carriers.
Such submarines also patrol zones in waters near the United States or far away from the seas, making effective anti-submarine efforts nearly unlikely.
Nearly 3,700 planes serve the US Navy. Most of these are multi-role fighters of the F/A-18 family and other aircraft associated with them, based on carrier aircraft.
Technically speaking, the USS Pueblo is still in service, the scientific study vessel.
But North Korea, which attacked and captured the ship for supposed entry into North Korean territory in 1968, is currently being held.
And in the foreseeable future, it will probably remain at the top, based on how much the US government spends on military equipment.

Above is the list of the top 10 navy in the world​.
In this article, the navy’s rating is only determined on the sheer scale of its ship and the number, and it is not answered by any nation’s operational capacity in any way.
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