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Combat Capabilities of Russian and US Navies in 2011

Russian Navy

US Navy


142000 324466
Types of combatant ships

Amount on the roll


Amount on the roll


Nuclear-powered ballistic missile submarines
(weighting factor 0, not supposed to attend conventional war)

9 0 14 0
Nuclear-powered cruise missile submarines
(weighting factor 5)

8 40 12 60
Nuclear-powered attack submarines
(weighting factor 5)

23 115 46 230
Diesel-electric submarines
(weighting factor 3)

18 54 - -
Aircraft carriers
(weighting factor 6)

1 6 11 66
Guided missile cruisers
(weighting factor 4)

4 16 22 88
Guided missile destroyers
(weighting factor 3)

4 12 60 180
Frigates / Escort ships
(weighting factor 3)

5 15 19 57
Corvettes / Littoral combat ships
(weighting factor 1)

2 4 2 4
Small-size gunnery ships, small-size ASW ships,
small-size missile ships, patrol and missile boats
(weighting factor 1)

67 67 10 10
Amphibious assault ships
(weighting factor 4)

- - 9 36
Landing dock ships
(weighting factor 3)

- - 19 57
Mine countermeasures ships / minesweepers
(weighting factor 1)(весовой коэффициент 1)

25 25 12 12

193 416 236 800

1 1 1,23 1,92

As is seen in the table above, US Navy is almost twice as battleworthy as Russian Navy despite insignificant superiority in quantity (approx. 20%). Such great difference is associated with the fact that US Navy operates powerful strike expeditionary forces with aircraft carriers, amphibious assault ships, landing docks, and ocean-going escort ships. In contrast, Russian Navy is oriented at littoral zone ships which weighting factor is naturally not so high.


1. Combat capability herein is overall index of military parity displaying quantitative and combat power ratio between Russian Navy and US Navy which is the world's largest fleets. Weighting factors are used for comparative assessment of various types of warships.

2. The figures may differ from official (real) quantity. The table does not contain auxiliary ships, mothballed or being under long-term repair (over 3 years) ships. The analysis was made only on the basis of publicly open sources.

3. As long as amount of ships on the roll is much greater than combat-ready ones, real balance of combat capabilities may differ.

4. Information shown in the table expresses combat capabilities of classes and single ships not in full. Detailed description can be found on Central Navy Portal webpages.

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