How big is the RN?

PeterG
13th November 2006, 16:17
Given our rapidly - and unacceptably - shrinking royal navy, just how big is our navy now, in comparison to others.
Obviously the US is on another planet when it comes to size, and russians are a fair way ahead, but what about France, Australia, China?

treeve
13th November 2006, 16:34
For comparison, take the situation in 1939
Britain : 12 battleships and 9 under way. 3 battlecruisers, 15 large cruisers, 6 AA cruisers, 43 other cruisers and 19 under way, 5 aircraft carriers and 6 under way, 1 seaplane carrier, 176 destroyers and 8 under way, 57 submarines and 18 under way.
United States : 15 battleships and 8 under way, 18 large cruisers, 17 other cruisers and 2 under way, 5 aircraft carriers and 1 under way, 215 destroyers and 19 under way, 87 submarines.