Force Comparison

Naval Warfare Assets

Compare the naval assets of the world’s major naval powers. Quantities and technology are hardly the only factors that determine the outcome of a conflict or the potency of a country’s navy, but an analysis of the assets available can be used to indicate which countries are most capable both of claiming naval superiority and of striking and neutralising enemy targets from the sea. These indue warships designed for power projection such as supercarriers and ballistic missile submarines and defensive assets such as patrol boats and light corvettes.
Capabilities By Country
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Supercarrier
The largest warships in the world, supercarriers are designed for long range offensive power projection and can deploy over 70 combat aircraft from multiple runways for both blue water control and attacks on enemy ground targets. Fielded only by these United States.
Aircraft Carrier
Large warships capable of deploying conventional takeoff fixed wing aircraft. Various designs specialise in either coastal defence or offensive power projection, and their ability to deploy aircraft at sea makes them a valuable force multiplier for naval strike groups.
STOVL/ Helicopter Carriers
Usually smaller than conventional carriers, these warships lack a number of vital systems such as arresting gear to deploy conventional fixed wing aircraft. Can accommodate only rotary wing aircraft and in the case of STOVL carriers specialised fighters with vertical landing capabilities. A cost effective means of deploying aircraft to sea.
Destroyer
Large, fast and heavily armed long range warships designed for blue water operations and power projection. Can be equipped for air defence, anti surface or anti submarine roles, or a combination of these.
Frigate
Medium sized warship used primarily to protect other assets such as destroyers or carriers. A less costly means than destroyers to field heavily armed surface battleships.
Corvettes
Small warships typically under 2,500 tons which fulfil a complementary role to larger frigates and destroyers. Are restricted by their short range to defensive roles.
Attack Submarines
Either nuclear or conventional powered. Built to prize survivability, and highly effective in engaging enemy surface warships. Can also engage enemy submarines and ground targets.
Ballistic Missile Submarines
The largest submarine class, equipped with nuclear armed ballistic to provide nuclear powers with a second stage strategic deterrent.
Patrol Craft
Used to defend offshore areas from enemy attacks. Often heavily armed with torpedoes, missiles and other anti ship weapons systems.
Mine Warfare
SUPERCARRIER
Aircraft Carrier
STOVL/ Helicopter Carrier
Destroyer
Frigate
Corvettes
SUBMARINES
Diesel Attack Submarines
0
Nuclear Attack Submarines
0
Ballistic Missile Submarines
0
NAVAL SUPPORT
Force Comparison
Supercarrier
The largest warships in the world, supercarriers are designed for long range offensive power projection and can deploy over 70 combat aircraft from multiple runways for both blue water control and attacks on enemy ground targets. Fielded only by these United States.
Aircraft Carrier
Large warships capable of deploying conventional takeoff fixed wing aircraft. Various designs specialise in either coastal defence or offensive power projection, and their ability to deploy aircraft at sea makes them a valuable force multiplier for naval strike groups.
STOVL/ Helicopter Carriers
Usually smaller than conventional carriers, these warships lack a number of vital systems such as arresting gear to deploy conventional fixed wing aircraft. Can accommodate only rotary wing aircraft and in the case of STOVL carriers specialised fighters with vertical landing capabilities. A cost effective means of deploying aircraft to sea.
Destroyer
Large, fast and heavily armed long range warships designed for blue water operations and power projection. Can be equipped for air defence, anti surface or anti submarine roles, or a combination of these.
Frigate
Medium sized warship used primarily to protect other assets such as destroyers or carriers. A less costly means than destroyers to field heavily armed surface battleships.
Corvettes
Small warships typically under 2,500 tons which fulfil a complementary role to larger frigates and destroyers. Are restricted by their short range to defensive roles.
Attack Submarines
Either nuclear or conventional powered. Built to prize survivability, and highly effective in engaging enemy surface warships. Can also engage enemy submarines and ground targets.
Ballistic Missile Submarines
The largest submarine class, equipped with nuclear armed ballistic to provide nuclear powers with a second stage strategic deterrent.
Patrol Craft
Used to defend offshore areas from enemy attacks. Often heavily armed with torpedoes, missiles and other anti ship weapons systems.
Mine Warfare
SUPERCARRIER
Aircraft Carrier
STOVL/ Helicopter Carrier
Destroyer
Frigate
Corvettes
SUBMARINES
Diesel Attack Submarines
0
Nuclear Attack Submarines
0
Ballistic Missile Submarines
0
Diesel Attack Submarines
0
Nuclear Attack Submarines
0
Ballistic Missile Submarines
0
Naval Support