China to overtake US sub fleet by 2030

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By H I Sutton*

The U.S. Navy has a larger submarine force than China. 68 submarines compared to an estimated 66, Naval News reports. This makes the U.S. Navy the second largest submarine force in the world, after North Korea. Our estimate for North Korea is 71 subs, although they are barely comparable to the other countries on the list. So China is currently third, and Russia forth with 64. These are the four big players in terms of fleet size. Exact numbers are open to interpretation, but this order is generally agreed.

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