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Royal Navy

Worlds second biggest navy by displacement in NATO and its one of the only 3 blue water class navy's.

From the early 18th century to the middle of the 20th century it was the worlds most powerful navy. During the 2nd World War it operated almost 600 ships.

Present Navy consists of 91 ships and a large number of ships in Royal Fleet Auxiliary.

Invincible-class Aircraft carriers (2)
HMS Illustrious
HMS Ark Royal
HMS Invincible (In Reserve)


Type 42 destroyers (8)
HMS Exeter
HMS Southampton
HMS Nottingham
HMS Manchester
HMS Liverpool
HMS Gloucester
HMS Edinburgh
HMS York


Type 23 frigates (13)
HMS Argyll
HMS Lancaster
HMS Iron Duke
HMS Monmouth
HMS Montrose
HMS Westminster
HMS Northumberland
HMS Richmond
HMS Somerset
HMS Sutherland
HMS Kent
HMS Portland
HMS St Albans


Type 22 frigates (4)
HMS Cornwall
HMS Cumberland
HMS Campbeltown
HMS Chatham


Landing Platform Helicopter (1)
HMS Ocean


Albion-class landing platform docks (2)
HMS Albion
HMS Bulwark


Sandown-class mine countermeasures vessels (8)


Hunt-class mine countermeasures vessels (8)


Antarctic patrol ship (1)


River-class patrol vessels (4)


Castle-class patrol vessels (1)


Archer or P2000-class fast patrol boats (14)


Scimitar-class fast patrol boats (Gibraltar Squadron) (2)

Archer or P2000-class fast patrol boats (Cyprus Squadron) (2)

Ocean survey vessel (1)


Coastal survey vessels (2)


Echo-class multi-purpose survey vessels (2)


Vanguard-class submarines (SSBNs) (4)
HMS Vanguard
HMS Victorious
HMS Vigilant
HMS Vengeance


Swiftsure-class submarines (SSNs) (2)


Trafalgar-class submarines (SSNs) (7)
HMS Trafalgar
HMS Turbulent
HMS Tireless
HMS Torbay
HMS Trenchant
HMS Talent
HMS Triumph


Royal Fleet Auxiliary
Tankers (8)


Replenishment (4)


Bay-class Landing Ships Dock (4)


Round Table-class Landing Ships Logistics (1)


Future Ships
Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers(2) 65,000 tonnes
HMS Queen Elizabeth
HMS Prince of Wales


Type 45 Destroyer (6)
HMS Daring
HMS Dauntless
HMS Diamond
HMS Dragon
HMS Defender
HMS Duncan


Astute Class Submarine (7) possible 8
HMS Astute
HMS Ambush
HMS Artful
HMS Audacious
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S124
S125
 

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Interesting,I believe the two smaller ships were the corvettes ordered by the Brunei Royal Navy.Apparently they refused to accept the ships.

The design is extremely similar to Malaysia's Lekiu class frigates.
 

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The Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force is not in anyway a blue ocean navy like it's predecessor but it is still more than capable of defending Japanese soils.

The Maritime Self-Defense Force (MSDF) has an authorized strength of 46,000 and maintains some 45,800 personnel and operates 119 major warships, including twenty submarines, fifty three destroyers and frigates, twenty nine mine warfare ships and boats, nine patrol craft, and nine amphibious ships. It also flies some 179 fixed-wing aircraft and 135 helicopters. Most of these aircraft are used in antisubmarine and mine warfare operations. During the cold war era main activity included anti-submarine warfare, chasing Soviet subs deployed from Vladivostok.

Present & future fleet
Guided Missile Destroyers (DDG)
Atago class destroyers (1 in service; 1 launched)
Kongō class destroyers (4 in service)
Hatakaze class destroyers (2 in service)
Tachikaze class destroyers (2 in service)

Destroyers (DD)
Takanami class destroyers (5 in service)
Murasame class destroyers (9 in service)
Asagiri class destroyers (6 in service)
Hatsuyuki class destroyers (11 in service)

Helicopter Destroyers (DDH)
Shirane class destroyers (2 in service)
Haruna class destroyers (2 in service)

Destroyer Escorts (DE)
Abukuma class destroyer escorts (6 in service)
Yubari class destroyer escorts (2 in service)
Destroyer escort JDS Ishikari

Submarines (SS)
Oyashio class submarines (10 in service)
Harushio class submarines (7 in service)

Amphibious Forces
Osumi class LST (3 in service)
Yura class LSU/LCU (2 in service)
Yusotei class LCU (2 in service)
YF 2150 class LCM (2 in service)
Landing craft air cushion (6 in service)

Minesweepers
Yaeyama class ocean minesweepers (3 in service)
Uwajima class MSC (coastal) (9 in service)
Hatsushima Class MSC (coastal) (4 in service)
Sugashima Class (coastal) (12 in service)

Future Ships
16DDH class destroyers (1 under construction; more planned)
5000t class destroyer (4 planned)
2900t class submarine (2 under construction; 2 more planned)
 

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I think:

USA
Russia
Uk
France
Japan
Italy
Spain
China
Germany
Brazil
Holland

but nowadays it's still quite difficult to identify the real capabilities of the Russian and Chinese navies (especially the Chinese, it could be upper or lower in the rank).
Then you should rank them by defensive capabilities (considering the km of coasts) and projection capabilities. In the first case the German navy is the strongest in Europe for instance. The are too many variables to have a good rank though. The only thing that we know is who is the first.
 

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I think:

USA
Russia
Uk
France
Japan
Italy
Spain
China
Germany
Brazil
Holland

but nowadays it's still quite difficult to identify the real capabilities of the Russian and Chinese navies (especially the Chinese, it could be upper or lower in the rank).
Then you should rank them by defensive capabilities (considering the km of coasts) and projection capabilities. In the first case the German navy is the strongest in Europe for instance. The are too many variables to have a good rank though. The only thing that we know is who is the first.

Japan and Germany hold down the war expenditures. It is known that China hides and has the war expenditures. I will enter a high rank if fought.

USA
Japan
Germany
France
Uk
China
Russia
Spain
Italy
Brazil
Holland
 

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Japan and Germany hold down the war expenditures. It is known that China hides and has the war expenditures. I will enter a high rank if fought.

USA
Japan
Germany
China
Uk
France
Russia
Italy
Spain
Brazil
Holland
The ranking is for navies, not military forces in general. China's navy is in no shape to operate militarily outside its own littoral waters. I don't see how you could place it above navies with blue water capability like the RN and the French.
 

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The ranking is for navies, not military forces in general. China's navy is in no shape to operate militarily outside its own littoral waters. I don't see how you could place it above navies with blue water capability like the RN and the French.
ranking also depends on what aspect of fighting we're talking about.

If it is in the sense of attacking foreign countries or even fighting battles in the open ocean, then blue water navies should all come higher than other navies (ie, any navy with an aircraft carrier)

Defensively speaking, however, it is hard to gauge which navy ranks higher than which, other than the obvious ones.

I still think the US and UK have the 1 and 2 spot.
 

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andysimo123,

I really enjoyed looking at the photos of the RN. I didn't realize they had as many ships as they do. Is the RN going to be flying the F-35 off their aircraft carriers?

Maybe the RN will get the same F-35 being built for the US Marines. They will replace the Harriers in the near future. It might be the F-35C model that I am thinking about. This will just make both the American Navy and the Royal Navy even more leathal in the future.
 

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I think Taiwan should be in the ranking list too. They must have a pretty big navy too. Anyone got info on that?
Taiwan's navy has some good frigates, including Perry, Knox, and Lafayette classes. It's also in negotiations to acquire some Kidd class destroyers.

South Korea's navy is also quite considerable.
 

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andysimo123,

I really enjoyed looking at the photos of the RN. I didn't realize they had as many ships as they do. Is the RN going to be flying the F-35 off their aircraft carriers?

Maybe the RN will get the same F-35 being built for the US Marines. They will replace the Harriers in the near future. It might be the F-35C model that I am thinking about. This will just make both the American Navy and the Royal Navy even more leathal in the future.
The Harriers will be replaced by the F-35 and they'll be on the two new carriers. That's a while off yet, 2012 is likely the earliest date before the UK has them in service. The Royal Airforce is getting them aswell so maybe earlier than that but not by much.
 

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Powerful Navies

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Uk
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India
France
Japan
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Spain
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Indian Navy

156 vessels

INS Viraat - Aircraft Carrier



INS Kashin - Destroyer



INS Delhi - Destroyer



INS Talwar - Frigate



INS Kora - Corvette



INS - Sindhugosh - Submarine

 

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Royal Thai Navy


HTMS Chakri Naruebet




























H.T.M.S. Similan and H.T.M.S. CHAKRI NARUEBET


 

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thanks for the pictures. I wanted to add my ranking, too :D (Let's see who has the biggest :p)

1)USA



2)UK
3)France
4)Russia
5)China
6)Japan
7)Italy
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I cannot put a navy which has an SSBN under one which does not have one.
 
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