The armed forces are a vital part of any nation's security, as they protect their citizens against both external as well as internal threats. They're there in the air, on land and even in the depths of the ocean making sure that the populous can go on living their everyday lives and continue to embrace what it means to be from that particular nation. National security is of the utmost importance no matter where you come from because, let's face it, without it there wouldn't be much of anything to protect in the first place. Sure, we may hear about what's going on in the world on a pretty regular basis but it's not often that we have to experience the terror, death and destruction that war can bring upon us all.
All in all, it is safe to assume that we will be hearing about land warfare on a pretty regular basis, especially considering what's going on within the Eastern hemisphere at this moment, but what about the events that we can't see? That's right, I'm talking about those that happen underwater. While submarines may not be the weapon which is most frequently used by the armed forces, it serves as a stealthy approach for any mission where a coastline is readily available— and a powerful one at that. From nuclear-powered submarines to those armed with simple missiles, these underwater giants can't help but pack a punch that will surely leave a dent in whatever it comes into contact with. But, where can you find the biggest submarine forces that the world has to offer? Well, there's only one way to find out so scroll on down to find the answers that you seek.
6 Italy — 6 Submarines
5 France - 10 Submarines
4 Greece — 12 Submarines
3 Turkey — 12 Submarines
Most countries upgrade their submarines either very early on in their lives, typically when they first acquire them, or just buy new ones once the old ones have become obsolete but Turkey is unlike any other country out there. Instead of following in the footsteps of others, the Undersecretariat for Defence Industries has called for what they call a mid-life modernization of their U209 class submarines the TCG Doğanay and TCG Dolunay. While they may not have disclosed what the exact changes will be, it will surely have to deal with their electrical systems, the functions that run the attack and search modules and the navigation system. The rest of them will seemingly be untouched.
2 China — 54 Submarines
1 United States of America — 72 Submarines
The United States Navy corps is definitely one of the most feared versions of the Armed Forces out there and with their silent but deadly approach the sentiment is completely understandable. They depend on nuclear-powered submarines and have three different classes of them which are: the Los Angeles which are used as their fast attack submarines, the Seawolf which are quiet, fast, have exceptional armor and the most advanced sensors as well as the USS Jimmy Carter which can carry the biggest payload. They have forty, three and twenty-nine of each submarine, respectively. After the Los Angeles class submarines retire, they will then be replaced by twelve Virginia class submarines, all armed with features geared toward improving their fighting and movement capabilities. The United States Navy is known as the Silent Service because they tends to keep their battles under wraps and go in and do the job while still remaining undetected, all with incredibly high standards of course. However, while some countries like Japan and Iran are focusing on improving their fleet, the United States will be reducing theirs and, if the necessary precautions aren't made, that can mean some bad news for the USA.
Sources: GlobalFirePower.com, Military-Today.com, NationalInterest.org, CNN.com
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