Written by D-Mitch
Notice that I refer to the major surface combatants that includes the largest surface combatants, battleships and battlecruisers (outdated types of warships), cruisers (only few in the world), destroyers, frigates, and corvettes. Therefore, non-surface combatants such as the attack and ballistic missile submarines are excluded. The same stands for the fast attack craft or gunboats. Of course those types of ships and boats can boost dramatically the capabilities of a naval force or even to discourage absolutely any naval battle if one of the naval opponent have a ballistic missile submarine in its inventory. This may sounds unfair for some traditional naval forces such as the Hellenic Navy or the Dutch Navy. The former has in its inventory 13 frigates but without an declared replacement plan for the future, 17 fast attack craft and 11 submarines of which the five (5) are very advanced. The latter has four (4) very modern anti-aircraft warfare frigates (equipped with 40-cell VLS), four (4) modern submarines but only two general purpose frigates. But as I mentioned in the introduction, this article focuses only on the front line surface combatants of the most powerful navies in the region and those that have announced an ambitious shipbuilding program.
|Three major surface combatants of|
US Navy in formation: the destroyer
USS Buck (DD-761), battleship USS
Wisconsin (BB-64), and heavy cruiser
USS Saint Paul (CA-73) off the Korean
coast in 1952.
|The (once) major surface combatant |
classes of the US Navy. By Jeff Head