Top ten most powerful navies in the world

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  1. Jank

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    Double post. Sorry.
     
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    Seriously guys. I am particularly curious where the European countries would rank if in the top ten.
     
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    1. U.S.A
    2. Rest of the World

    :lol:
     
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    The top and most powerful is certainly the US Navy. I think the Royal Navy still follows in at 2nd but from what I have read its readiness and the conditions of her ships is declining.
     
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    The status of the Royal Navy ships are good; the main problem now is that it's too damn small.
     
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    I remember reading somewhere that the Royal Navy Carriers were in pretty bad shape and unless something was done they would not be sea worthy anymore.

    Is there any truth to that?
     
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    No, I have never heard that. The carriers are being replaced in the near future, so we'll still only have two - but these new ones will be bigger (still runts compared to the USN carriers.) and the old ones are being sold off...I believe.
     
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    I thought the Royal Navy was having a Super Carrier built with angled deck and all.
     
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    I thought that was the French. What will the Royal Navy do to replace those Harriers?
     
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    not jokng as i did last time, no particualr order other than #1 is where it should be-

    usa
    china
    russia
    gb
    france
    india
    australia
    ?
    ?
    ?
     
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    I dont know if I could rank China that high. There fleet is an aging fleet and they have no amphibious capability.+
     
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    Harriers will still be in service for quite a while. Even after the F-35's introduction, it will take time to transition all the squadrons - in both the US and the UK.

    I just read an article about RAF Squadron Leader Michael "Hoof" Proudfoot. He was sent to the US to train the USMC on the AV-8A back in '74. He seems to have been quite a character, and used to jokingly refer to the Marines as "colonials." :lol:

    Sadly, he was killed flying a P-38 at an airshow in Duxford when the aircraft suffered a flight control malfunction in 1996.
     
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    I have a video clip of that P-38 augering in. The aircraft does a roll and
    just flies into the ground. Sad.....

    Charles
     
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    'no particular order other than #1 is where it should be'

    remember, i qualified my answer...no order except us as #1.

    dj
     
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    You guys can say all you want to about Her Majesty's Royal Navy. I've
    sailed with them. THEY ARE SEAMEN ! I've seen them refuel, under way,
    in weather that other navy's would be sitting in port, waiting for the weather
    to clear.

    However, I would place them in the number two spot..... The Russians ain't
    bad either.....

    Charles
     
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    Ooops sorry about that!

    :lol:
     
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    thangz iz cool....
     
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    Before World War Two: it was the Royal Navy.
    At the start of World War Two / during World War One: the Royal Navy taught/showed the US Navy.
    During and after World War Two: it's the US Navy. They earned this right the hard way: in the Pacific!
     
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    The top five navies of the world

    United States


    First place on the list is no surprise: the United States Navy. The U.S. Navy has the most ships by far of any navy worldwide. It also has the greatest diversity of missions and the largest area of responsibility.

    No other navy has the global reach of the U.S. Navy, which regularly operates in the Pacific, Atlantic and Indian Oceans, as well as the Mediterranean, Persian Gulf and the Horn of Africa. The U.S. Navy also forward deploys ships to Japan, Europe and the Persian Gulf.

    The U.S. Navy has 288 battle force ships, of which typically a third are underway at any given time. The U.S. Navy has 10 aircraft carriers, nine amphibious assault ships, 22 cruisers, 62 destroyers, 17 frigates and 72 submarines. In addition to ships, the U.S. Navy has 3,700 aircraft, making it the second largest air force in the world. At 323,000 active and 109,000 personnel, it is also the largest navy in terms of manpower.

    What makes the U.S. Navy stand out the most is its 10 aircraft carriers—more than the rest of the world put together. Not only are there more of them, they’re also much bigger: a single Nimitz class can carry twice as many planes (72) as the next largest foreign carrier. Unlike the air wings of other countries, which typically concentrate on fighters, a typical U.S. carrier air wing is a balanced package capable of air superiority, strike, reconnaissance, anti-submarine warfare and humanitarian assistance/disaster relief missions.

    The U.S. Navy’s 31 amphibious ships make it the largest “gator” fleet in the world, capable of transporting and landing on hostile beaches. The nine amphibious assault ships of the Tarawa and Wasp classes can carry helicopters to ferry troops or act as miniature aircraft carriers, equipped with AV-8B Harrier attack jets and soon F-35B fighter-bombers.

    The U.S. Navy has 54 nuclear attack submarines, a mix of the Los Angeles, Seawolf, and Virginia classes. The U.S. Navy is also responsible for the United States’ strategic nuclear deterrent at sea, with 14 Ohio-class ballistic missile submarines equipped with a total of 336 Trident nuclear missiles. The USN also has four Ohio-class submarines stripped of nuclear missiles and modified to carry 154 Tomahawk land attack missiles.

    The U.S. Navy has the additional roles of ballistic missile defense, space operations and humanitarian assistance/disaster relief. As of October 2013, 29 cruisers and destroyers were capable of intercepting ballistic missiles, with several forward deployed to Europe and Japan. It also monitors space in support of U.S. military forces, tracking the satellites of potential adversaries. Finally, the U.S. Navy’s existing aircraft carriers and amphibious vessels, plus the dedicated hospital ships USNS Mercy and USNS Comfort, constitute a disaster relief capability that has been deployed in recent years to Indonesia, Haiti, Japan and the Philippines.

    China

    The People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) has come a long way in the last 25 years. The spectacular growth of the Chinese economy, which fueled a tenfold defense-budget increase since 1989, has funded a modern navy. From a green-water navy consisting of obsolete destroyers and fast attack boats, the PLAN has grown into a true blue-water fleet.

    The PLAN currently has one aircraft carrier, three amphibious transports, 25 destroyers, 42 frigates, eight nuclear attack submarines and approximately 50 conventional attack submarines. The PLAN is manned by 133,000 personnel, including the Chinese Marine Corps, which consists of two brigades of 6,000 marines each.

    The People’s Liberation Army Navy Air Force provides fixed-wing aircraft and helicopters for China’s new aircraft carrier, helicopters for surface ships, and shore-based fighter, attack and patrol aircraft. The PLANAF has 650 aircraft, including J-15 carrier-based fighters, J-10 multirole fighters, Y-8 maritime a/c, and Z-9 ASW aircraft.

    China’s first aircraft carrier, the Liaoning, deserves special attention. It was commissioned into service in 2012. Originally built for the Soviet Navy, after the end of the Cold War, Liaoning's unfinished hull languished in a Ukrainian shipyard. Purchased by a PLA front company, the ship was towed back to China where it spent nearly a decade being refitted. Liaoning is expected to function as a training carrier as China grows accustomed to the complex world of carrier operations. They are advancing their knowledge in this field at a geometric rate apparently

    The People’s Liberation Army Navy is well into the process of modernizing its amphibious capability, having commissioned three Type 071 amphibious Lift vessels . Each Type 071 LPD can carry from 500 to 800 Chinese marines and 15 to 18 vehicles, and can get troops ashore via hovercraft patterned on the American LCAC and Z-8 medium transport helicopters. China is also reportedly planning on building amphibious assault ships with full-length flight decks along the lines of the American Wasp class. A total of six Type 071s and six of the new amphibious assault ships are rumored to be planned.

    China’s submarine force is a decidedly mixed bag, with up to 60 submarines of varying quality. The core of the force consists of three Shang-class nuclear attack submarines, nine Yuan, 14 Song and 10 Improved Kilo submarines imported from Russia. China’s ballistic-missile submarine fleet is made up of three Jin class missile subs with a fourth (and possibly fifth) under construction. It is thought the South China Sea will eventually be used as a bastion for China’s sea-based nuclear deterrent.

    The PLAN continues to grow and learn. At least two more aircraft carriers are under construction, and China’s carriers could eventually number up to five. In addition to carrier operations, the PLAN is also learning how to conduct extended voyages through its contribution to the international antipiracy effort off the Horn of Africa. China has sent 17 sizable TFs to the region, rotating in ships and crews to learn long-distance ship-handling skills.
     
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