Countries with the Largest Navy
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Which country has the largest navy fleet in the world?
The country with the largest navy fleet is China with a total of 270 war vessels. At second and third, are United States with 254 vessels and Russia with 220 vessels.
The average size of the navy fleets of countries worldwide is around 10.5 vessels.

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BY TYPE

Aircraft Carriers. United States has 11 aircraft carriers - the largest fleet in the world.

Frigates. China has the most number of frigates - at 52 subs. Average number of frigates among countries worldwide is around 2.3 frigates.

Destroyers. United States has the largest destroyer fleet (69 ships) in the world. Globally, on average, countries have a destroyer fleet size of 1.4 ships.

Corvettes. Russia has the most number of corvettes at 78. Average number of corvettes among countries worldwide is around 2.2.

Cruisers. United States has the largest cruiser fleet (22 ships) in the world. Globally, on average, countries have a cruiser fleet size of 0.2 ships.


These are the countries with the largest naval fleets:

China.

How is China strengthening its military? (Credit: Youtube/CGTN)

The country with the second-highest defence budget in the world is China. China's defence expenditure is estimated to be US$261,082M (1.90% of its GDP).

With a 4,015,000-strong military, China has a per-capita ratio of 2.9 military personnel per 1000 in population. Its total military consists of 2,185,000 active personnel (largest in the world), 1,170,000 reserve personnel and 660,000 from paramilitary forces.

China has the third-largest battle tank force in the world. On land, China has a mobile force of 9,000 tanks. For aerial defence, China has an air force of 2,615 military aircrafts and 450 attack helicopters.

China has the largest naval fleet in the world. China has a naval fleet of 270 vessels, including 2 aircraft carriers, 14 nuclear submarines and 55 non-nuclear submarines. The naval fleet also possesses numerous warships, including 52 frigates, 36 destroyers and 42 corvettes.

 

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United States.

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United States's defence budget is the highest in the world. United States allocates about 3.40% of its GDP (estimated at US$731,751M) for its defence budget. Its percentage of GDP allocated to defence spending is the highest in North America.

United States has the largest military force in North America. United States has a military of 2,233,050 personnel, with 1,388,100 active (third-largest in the world) and 844,950 in reserve, making up 6.8 military personnel per 1000 in population.

United States's battle tank force is the largest in North America. On land, United States has a mobile force of 8,850 tanks. For aerial defence, United States has an air force of 14,061 military aircrafts and 3,720 attack helicopters.

United States's naval fleet is the second-largest in the world. United States has a naval fleet of 254 vessels, including 11 aircraft carriers and 70 nuclear submarines. The naval fleet of warships also include 21 frigates, 69 destroyers and 27 corvettes.

 

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Russia.

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Russia's defence budget is the highest in Europe. Russia's defence expenditure is estimated to be US$65,103M (3.90% of its GDP). Its percentage of GDP allocated to defence spending is the second-highest in Europe.

Russia has the largest military force in Europe. Russia has a military of 3,568,000 personnel, with 1,014,000 active (largest in Europe), 2,000,000 in reserve and 554,000 from paramilitary forces, making up 25.1 military personnel per 1000 in population.

Russia's battle tank force is the largest in the world. On land, Russia has a mobile force of 22,710 tanks. For aerial defence, Russia has an air force of 3,212 military aircrafts and 1,438 attack helicopters.

Russia's naval fleet is the third-largest in the world. Russia has a naval fleet of 220 vessels, including 1 aircraft carriers and 59 nuclear submarines. The naval fleet of warships also include 6 frigates, 18 destroyers and 78 corvettes.

 

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South Korea.

South Korea shows off military hardware in Armed Forces Day ceremony... with one eye on North Korea (ARIRANG NEWS)

South Korea allocates about 2.70% of its GDP (estimated at US$43,891M) for its defence budget.

South Korea has the second-largest military force in the world. South Korea has a military that is composed of 599,000 active personnel, 3,100,000 in reserve and 3,013,500 from paramilitary forces, totalling 6,712,500 or 130.5 military personnel per 1000 in population. Its per-capita military is the second-highest in the world.

On land, South Korea has a mobile force of 2,514 tanks. For aerial defence, South Korea has an air force of 587 military aircrafts and 273 attack helicopters.

South Korea's naval fleet is the second-largest in Asia. South Korea has a naval fleet of 86 vessels, including 23 non-nuclear submarines. Other offensive warships in the naval arsenal include 14 frigates, 12 destroyers and 36 corvettes.

 

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North Korea.

North Korea's military among world's largest (credit: Youtube/CNN)

North Korea has the largest military force in the world. North Korea has a military of 7,769,000 personnel, with 1,280,000 active (third-largest in Asia), 600,000 in reserve and 5,889,000 from paramilitary forces, making up 306.1 military personnel per 1000 in population. Its per-capita military is the highest in the world.

North Korea's battle tank force is the second-largest in the world. On land, North Korea has a mobile force of 10,375 tanks. For aerial defence, North Korea has an air force of 576 military aircrafts and 100 attack helicopters.

North Korea's naval fleet is the third-largest in Asia. North Korea has a naval fleet of 73 vessels, including 70 non-nuclear submarines.

 

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Japan.

How Strong Is Japan’s Military? (Credit: Youtube/Newsweek)

Japan has a military of 317,500 personnel, with 247,150 active, 56,000 in reserve and 14,350 from paramilitary forces, making up 2.5 military personnel per 1000 in population.

On land, Japan has a mobile force of 688 tanks. For aerial defence, Japan has an air force of 777 military aircrafts and 207 attack helicopters.

Japan has a naval fleet of 73 vessels, including 20 non-nuclear submarines. The naval fleet of warships also include 6 frigates and 40 destroyers.

 

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India.

India's Military Might On Display At Grand Republic Day Parade (Credit: Youtube/NDTV)

India has the third-highest defence budget in the world. India's defence expenditure is estimated to be US$71,125M (2.40% of its GDP).

India has a military that is composed of 1,455,550 active personnel (second-largest globally), 1,155,000 in reserve and 2,526,950 from paramilitary forces, totalling 5,137,500 or 4 military personnel per 1000 in population.

India has the third-largest battle tank force in Asia. On land, India has a mobile force of 6,464 tanks. For aerial defence, India has an air force of 544 military aircrafts and 23 attack helicopters.

India has a naval fleet of 69 vessels, including 1 aircraft carriers, 2 nuclear submarines and 14 non-nuclear submarines. The naval fleet also possesses numerous warships, including 14 frigates, 11 destroyers and 26 corvettes.

 

 Compare India with Malaysia

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United Kingdom.

British Armed Forces 2018 (Credit: Youtube/The Marine)

United Kingdom's defence expenditure is estimated to be US$48,650M (1.70% of its GDP).

With a 227,100-strong military, United Kingdom has a per-capita ratio of 3.5 military personnel per 1000 in population. Its total military consists of 148,500 active personnel and 78,600 reserve personnel.

On land, United Kingdom has a mobile force of 227 tanks. For aerial defence, United Kingdom has an air force of 278 military aircrafts and 285 attack helicopters.

United Kingdom's naval fleet is the second-largest in Europe. United Kingdom has a naval fleet of 38 vessels, including 2 aircraft carriers and 11 nuclear submarines. Rounding up the fleet of warships are 13 frigates and 6 destroyers.

 

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Turkey.

How Strong Is Turkey's Military? (Credit: Youtube/Newsweek)

Turkey's defence expenditure is estimated to be US$20,448M (2.70% of its GDP).

Turkey's military force is the third-largest in Europe. Turkey has a military of 890,700 personnel, with 355,200 active (second-largest in Europe), 378,700 in reserve and 156,800 from paramilitary forces, making up 11 military personnel per 1000 in population.

Turkey's battle tank force is the second-largest in Europe. On land, Turkey has a mobile force of 2,504 tanks. For aerial defence, Turkey has an air force of 335 military aircrafts and 339 attack helicopters.

Turkey's naval fleet is the second-largest in Europe. Turkey has a naval fleet of 38 vessels, including 14 non-nuclear submarines. The naval fleet of warships also include 18 frigates and 6 corvettes.

 

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Most Battle Tanks - World | Africa | Asia | N. Asia | Europe | Middle East


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