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Russia's Navy a Pale Shadow of the Soviet's 1980s/90s Navy

Updated: Feb 8, 2023


SOVIET ERA NAVY - CIRCA 1990


In 1981, the Soviet Navy had thousand of ships and hundreds of submarines. In terms of submarines and primary surface combatants the Soviet Navy had 179 Nuclear submarines, 198 diesel-electric submarines, 2 aircraft carriers, two aviation cruisers, 36 cruisers, 68 destroyers and 168 frigates. The Soviet Union also had many smaller surface combatants including 146 missile craft, 395 ASW/Patrol torpedo craft and 395 minesweepers, Rounding out the Soviet Navy was 86 Amphibious Assault and Landing ships and 756 auxiliary ships. Today Russia has 52 nuclear subs and 7 non-nuclear subs, one aircraft carriers, 4 cruiser, 9 large ASW ships, 4 destroyers, 11 frigates, 61 Corvettes/ASW ships, 31 gun/missiles boats, 48 minesweepers and 55 landing ships/crafts.

It is still a big Navy relative to the Navy's of most other countries, but nothing like the Soviet navy that NATO was formed to contain. And may of its ships are in a poor state of repair.


As 2015 comparison has 1990 Soviet Navy with 657 Warship vs the 2015 Russian Navy with 172 Warships.


SOVIET NAVY SNAPSHOT 1981



1990 Soviet NAVY VS 2015 Russian Navy (657 ships v 172 ships)




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