Top 10 Most Powerful Navy In The World 2020

A Navy is the branch of a nation's armed forces principally designated for naval and amphibious combat. Every powerful country has its own navy force to defend itself on coastlines. Today's article is concerning the most powerful navy in the world. The list below is based on how many ships, aircraft careers, submarines etc. a navy have and how powerful these things are. So without any further delay, let's get started with the Top 10 Most Powerful Navy In The World 2020.



Context

  • Most Powerful Navy In The World
      • United States Navy
      • People's Liberation Army Navy
      • Russian Navy
      • Indian Navy
      • Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force
      • French Navy
      • Royal Navy
      • Republic of Korea Navy
      • Italian Navy
      • Turkish Naval Force
  • Conclusion



Most Powerful Navy In The World



10. Turkish Naval Force

Top 10 Most Powerful Navy In The World 2020

At 10 position one of the most powerful navy in the world is the Turkish Naval Force. It was established as the Directorate of Naval Affairs during the Turkish War of Independence. The service has been officially known as the Turkish Naval Forces since July 1949. The Turkish Naval Force currently has around 48,600 active naval personnel and operates around 150 ships. 

It currently operates around 51 naval aircraft of which around 37 are helicopters. The Turkish Naval Force doesn't have any aircraft carrier or destroyer. At present, the Turkish Naval Force has 12 submarines, 16 frigates, 10 corvettes, 35 patrols and 11 mine warfares.

Summary

  • Active Personnel: 48,600
  • Total Naval Aircraft: 51
  • Carriers: 0
  • Destroyers: 0
  • Submarines: 12 
  • Frigates: 16 
  • Corvettes: 10 
  • Patrols: 35 
  • Mine Warfares: 11 



9. Italian Navy

Top 10 Most Powerful Navy In The World 2020

Moving on to number 9, we have the Italian Navy. It was formed in 1946 from what remained of the Regia Marina after World War II. The Italian Navy currently has around 31,000 naval personnel and has around 250 ships. Italian Navy is one of the largest naval forces in Europe. 

The Italian Navy currently operates around 100+ aircraft of which around 78 are helicopters. F-35 Lightning II is the main fighter jets of the Italian Navy. At present, the Italian Navy currently operates 2 aircraft carriers, 4 destroyers, 8 submarines, 12 frigates, 16 patrols and 10 mine warfares. It doesn't have any corvettes.

Summary

  • Active Personnel: 31,000 
  • Total Naval Aircraft: 100+
  • Carriers: 2
  • Destroyers: 4 
  • Submarines: 8
  • Frigates: 12
  • Corvettes: 0
  • Patrols:16
  • Mine Warfares: 10

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8. Republic of Korea Navy

Most Powerful Navy In The World 2020

Next most powerful navy in the world is the Republic of Korea Navy also known as South Korea Navy and not the North Korean Navy. It was founded on November 11, 1945; 74 years ago. The South Korean navy currently has approximately 70,000 active naval personnel including 29,000 marines. The Republic of Korea Navy has around 234 ships. 

The South Korean navy currently operates around 70 naval aircraft of which 46 are helicopters. In the future F-35 Lightning II is going to be the main fighter jets of the South Korean navy. It currently has 2 helicopter carriers, 12 destroyers, 22 submarines, 18 frigates, 12 corvettes, 111 patrol boats and 11 mine warfares.

Summary

  • Active Personnel: 70,000 
  • Total Naval Aircraft: 70
  • Carriers: 2
  • Destroyers: 12
  • Submarines: 22
  • Frigates: 18
  • Corvettes: 12
  • Patrols: 111
  • Mine Warfares: 11



7. Royal Navy

Most Powerful Navy In The World 2020

Number seven from our list is Royal Navy which is own by the United Kingdom. It was founded in 1546; 474 years ago. The Royal Navy currently has around 33,280 Regular active personnel, 3,040 Maritime Reserve and 7,960 Royal Fleet Reserve. The Royal Navy has currently 80 commissioned ships. 

It operates around aircraft of which around 80 are helicopters. The F-35 Lightning II is the main fighter jets of the Royal Navy. At present, the Royal Navy has 2 aircraft carriers, 6 destroyers, 10 nuclear-powered submarines, 13  frigates, 22 patrols and 13 mine warfares. It doesn't have any corvette in its fleet.

Summary

  • Active Personnel: 33,280 
  • Total Naval  Aircraft: 
  • Carriers: 2
  • Destroyers: 6 
  • Submarines: 10
  • Frigates: 13
  • Corvettes: 0
  • Patrols: 22
  • Mine Warfares: 13

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6. French Navy

Top 10 Most Powerful Navy

Moving onto number 6, we have French Navy. The French Navy is one of the world's oldest naval forces and was founded in 1624. The French Navy at present has around 36,000 active naval personnel and 2800 civilians (2014). The French Navy has nearly 180 ships. Currently, besides the US Navy, the French Navy is the only Navy to operating nuclear-powered aircraft carrier. 

The French Navy currently operates around 178 aircraft of which 70+ are helicopters. Dassault Rafal is the main fighter jet of the French Navy. At the moment it has 1 nuclear-powered aircraft carrier, 3 helicopter carriers, 11 destroyers, 9 nuclear-powered submarines, 11 frigates, 17 patrols, 17 mine warfares and 0 corvettes.

Summary

  • Active Personnel: 36,000 
  • Total Naval  Aircraft: 178 
  • Carriers: 4
  • Destroyers:  11
  • Submarines: 9
  • Frigates: 11
  • Corvettes: 0
  • Patrols: 17
  • Mine Warfares: 17



5. Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force

Top Ten Most Powerful Navy In The World 2020

Number 5 from our list is Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force, in short, Japanese Navy. It was founded on 1 July 1954; 65 years ago. Japanese Navy has 50,800 active naval personnel and around 155 ships. The Japanese Navy is one of the largest navies in the world. 

It currently has around 345 naval aircraft of which around 145 are helicopters. F-35 Lightning II is going to be the main fighter jets of the Japanese Navy in the future. At present, it has 4 helicopter carriers, 40 destroyers, 20 submarines, 0 frigates, 6 Corvettes, 6 patrols and 25 mine warfares.

Summary

  • Active Personnel: 50,800 
  • Total Naval  Aircraft: 345 
  • Carriers: 4
  • Destroyers: 40
  • Submarines: 20
  • Frigates: 0
  • Corvettes: 6
  • Patrols: 6
  • Mine Warfares: 25

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4. Indian Navy

Top Ten Most Powerful Navy In The World 2020

The number 4 from our list of the most powerful navy in the world is India Navy. The Indian Navy pursues its origins back to the East India Company's Marine which was founded in 1612. When India became a republic in 1950, it was named the Indian Navy. The Indian Navy currently has around 70,000 active naval personnel and around 285 ships. 

Now coming to the size of naval aircraft the Indian Navy has approximately 250 aircraft of which around 100 are helicopters. Currently, MiG-29 and HAL Tejas are the main fighter jets of the Indian navy. It has 1 aircraft carrier, 10 destroyers, 16 submarines of which 3 are nuclear-powered, 19 corvettes, 13 frigates, 139 patrols and only 3 mine warfares.

Summary

  • Active Personnel: 70,000 
  • Total Naval  Aircraft: 250 
  • Carriers: 1
  • Destroyers: 10
  • Submarines: 16
  • Frigates:  13
  • Corvettes: 19
  • Patrols: 139
  • Mine Warfares: 3



3. Russian Navy

Top Ten Most Powerful Navy

Moving onto top 3 we have Russian Navy. Russian Navy has existed in various forms since 1696. The present iteration was formed in January 1992 after the dissolution of the Soviet Union. Russian Navy has approximately 150,000 active naval personnel and over 600 ships. 

The Russian Navy currently maintains around 360 naval aircraft of which around 120 to 160 are helicopters. Su-27, Su-33, Su-30 and MiG-29 are the main fighter jets of the Russian Navy. At present, it has 1 aircraft carrier, 62 submarines of which around 40 are nuclear power, 16 destroyers, 79 Corvettes, 10 frigates, 41 patrols and 48 mine warfares.

Summary

  • Active Personnel: 150,000 
  • Total Naval  Aircraft: 360 
  • Carriers: 1
  • Destroyers: 16
  • Submarines: 62
  • Frigates: 10
  • Corvettes: 79
  • Patrols: 41
  • Mine Warfares: 48

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2. People's Liberation Army Navy

Top Ten Most Powerful Navy

Moving on to number second position, we have the People's Liberation Army Navy. It was formed in September 1950; 69 years ago. The Chinese Navy at present has around 255,000 active naval personnel and has over 750 naval ships. 

The Chinese Navy currently has approximately 690+ naval aircraft of which around 200 are helicopters. Su-30 J-10, J-11 and J-15 are the main fighter jets of the Chinese Navy. In addition to this, the Chinese Navy has 2 aircraft carriers, 74 submarines from which 20+ are nuclear-powered, 36 destroyers, 52 frigates, 50 Corvettes. 220 patrols and 29 mine warfares.

Summary

  • Active Personnel: 255,000 
  • Total Naval  Aircraft: 690+
  • Carriers: 2
  • Destroyers: 36
  • Submarines: 74
  • Frigates: 52
  • Corvettes: 50
  • Patrols: 220
  • Mine Warfares: 29



1. United States Navy

Top 10 Powerful Navy In The World

At last the most powerful navy in the world is United States Navy. It was founded on 13 October 1775. The United States Navy currently has around 336,978 active-duty personnel, 279,471 civilian employees and 101,583 ready reserve personnel. The US Navy has over 490 total ships in its inventory. 

The US Navy currently operates around 3900+ manned aircraft of which around 1200 are helicopters. At present, Stealth F-35 Lightning II and F-18 Super Hornet are the main fighter jets of the US Navy. The US Navy currently has 11 nuclear-powered aircraft carriers and 9 helicopter carriers or assault ships. In addition to this, the US Navy currently has 66 nuclear-powered submarines, 91 destroyers, 19 corvettes, 13 patrols, 11 mine warfares and 0 frigates.

Summary

  • Active Personnel: 336,978
  • Total Naval  Aircraft: 3900+
  • Carriers: 20
  • Destroyers: 91
  • Submarines: 66
  • Frigates: 0
  • Corvettes: 19
  • Patrols: 13
  • Mine Warfares: 11



Conclusion

This is the list of the most powerful navy in the world as of today. The ranking is based on how much equipment a navy has and not based on how much capable they're. The data may get changed after some time so data provided above may not be 100% accurate. We'll make sure to keep it up to date. The most powerful navy in the world that we mentioned above are:

  • United States Navy
  • People's Liberation Army Navy
  • Russian Navy
  • Indian Navy
  • Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force
  • French Navy
  • Royal Navy
  • Republic of Korea Navy
  • Italian Navy
  • Turkish Naval Force

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