Attack Missile Submarines – Russia: 38, US: 51
Ballistic-Missile Nuclear-Powered Submarines – Russia: 11, US: 14
Aircraft Carriers – Russia: 1, US: 11
Amphibious Ships – Russia: 49, US: 31
Cruisers, Destroyers, and Frigates – Russia: 31, US: 113
The capability risks that the US Navy took after the Cold War are coming back to haunt us as Russia, China, and Iran seek to challenge the American forces at sea.
Increasingly, rival powers are challenging American sea control, something that the US Navy has not faced since the implosion of the once-powerful Soviet Navy in 1991.
But while our Navy has to restore its abilities to fight a war at sea, our country has some built-in advantages that it has invested in over the past decade.