The World’s Most Powerful Naval Forces Might Surprise You

Two-thirds of the Earth’s surface is covered with water. Out of the 195 countries, 44 of them don’t have direct access to the ocean. The rest have an easy path to the deep blue. Nations would be smart to ensure that they have their naval branches up to par. Historically, America, China, and Russia have been known to maintain the most powerful navy forces. Is this still true? Let’s take a look at the current standings of the naval forces around the globe.

Don’t Count Out This Archipelago: The Phillipines

Even with the Philippines being a small archipelago, they deserve a proper place on this list. Their forces consist of over 24,000 personnel, including 7,500 Marine Corps. Their naval force packs a punch too.

Philippines navy ship Dagupan City arriving at a military port in Zhanjiang, in China's southern Guangdong province
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Being surrounded by water means the Philippines don’t take any chances. They have 119 navel assets with four frigates, ten corvettes (small warships), and 35 patrol crafts. They have a total of $3 billion for their defense budget, so if things get heated, they’ll be able to foot the bill.