European Countries with the Largest Navy Dataset (Europe)
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Which country has the largest navy fleet in Europe?
The country with the largest navy fleet in Europe is Russia with a total of 220 war vessels. At second and third, are United Kingdom with 38 vessels and Turkey with 38 vessels.
The average size of the navy fleets of countries in Europe is around 12.1 vessels.

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BY TYPE

Aircraft Carriers. United Kingdom and Italy have 2 aircraft carriers - the largest fleets in Europe.

Frigates. Turkey has the most number of frigates in Europe - at 18 subs. Average number of frigates among countries in Europe is around 2.6 frigates.

Destroyers. Russia has the largest destroyer fleet (18 ships) in Europe. In Europe, on average, countries have a destroyer fleet size of 1.3 ships.

Corvettes. Russia has the most number of corvettes in Europe at 78. Average number of corvettes among countries in Europe is around 3.0.

Cruisers. Russia has the largest cruiser fleet (6 ships) in Europe. In Europe, on average, countries have a cruiser fleet size of 0.1 ships.


These are the countries with the largest naval fleets in Europe:

Russia.

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Russia's defence budget is the highest in Europe. Russia allocates about 3.90% of its GDP (estimated at US$65,103M) for its defence budget. 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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United Kingdom.

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

United Kingdom allocates about 1.70% of its GDP (estimated at US$48,650M) for its defence budget.

United Kingdom has a military of 227,100 personnel, with 148,500 active and 78,600 in reserve, making up 3.5 military personnel per 1000 in population.

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. Other offensive warships in the naval arsenal include 13 frigates and 6 destroyers.

 

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Turkey.

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

Turkey allocates about 2.70% of its GDP (estimated at US$20,448M) for its defence budget.

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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France.

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

The country with the second-highest defence budget in Europe is France. France's defence expenditure is estimated to be US$50,119M (1.90% of its GDP).

France has a military that is composed of 203,250 active personnel, 41,050 in reserve and 130,800 from paramilitary forces, totalling 375,100 or 5.6 military personnel per 1000 in population.

On land, France has a mobile force of 200 tanks. For aerial defence, France has an air force of 395 military aircrafts and 293 attack helicopters.

France's naval fleet is the third-largest in Europe. France has a naval fleet of 36 vessels, including 1 aircraft carriers and 10 nuclear submarines. The naval fleet of warships also include 11 frigates and 11 destroyers.

 

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Italy.

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

Italy's defence expenditure is estimated to be US$26,790M (1.40% of its GDP).

Italy has a military of 359,550 personnel, with 165,500 active, 18,300 in reserve and 175,750 from paramilitary forces, making up 5.8 military personnel per 1000 in population.

On land, Italy has a mobile force of 200 tanks. For aerial defence, Italy has an air force of 258 military aircrafts and 211 attack helicopters.

Italy has a naval fleet of 30 vessels, including 2 aircraft carriers and 6 non-nuclear submarines. The naval fleet of warships also include 10 frigates, 4 destroyers and 5 corvettes.

 

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Greece.

Hellenic/Greece Armed Forces 2017 (Credit: Youtube/The Marine)

The defence budget of Greece is estimated at US$5,472M at around 2.60% of its GDP.

Greece has a military that is composed of 142,700 active personnel, 221,350 in reserve and 4,000 from paramilitary forces, totalling 368,050 or 34.2 military personnel per 1000 in population.

Greece has the third-largest battle tank force in Europe. On land, Greece has a mobile force of 1,354 tanks. For aerial defence, Greece has an air force of 244 military aircrafts and 48 attack helicopters.

Greece has a naval fleet of 25 vessels, including 8 non-nuclear submarines. Rounding up the fleet of warships are 13 frigates and 4 corvettes.

 

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Largest Militaries Worldwide  - by total force | by active force | by force per capita

Largest Militaries (region) - Asia | N. Asia | Europe | Africa | Middle East | N. America | S. America

NATO Nations - Defense Spending | Air Force | Military | Tanks | Navy | Submarines

G20 Nations - Defense Spending | Air Force | Military | Tanks | Navy | Submarines | Nuclear

ASEAN Nations - Defense Spending | Air Force | Military | Tanks | Navy

Northeast Asia Nations - Defense Spending | Air Force | Military | Tanks | Navy | Submarines

Gap Analysis - NATO & Russia | Ukraine & Russia | China & Taiwan

Highest Military Budgets - World | Asia | N. Asia | Europe | Africa | Middle East | N. America | S. America

Largest Navy - World | Asia | N. Asia | Europe | S. America

Most Submarines - World | Asia | N. Asia | Europe | S. America

Largest Air Force - World | Africa | Asia | N. Asia | Europe | Middle East | N. America | S. America

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


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