US Ship Force Levels

1886-Present Part 1 of 2

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Peace thru Strength

(U. S. Navy Aviation Strengths)

U. S. Navy Ship Force Levels

U. S. Destroyer Squadrons

 

US Ship Force Levels

1886-Present Part 1 of 2

 

This tabulation was compiled from such sources as the Navy Directory (issued at varying intervals to 1941); the Annual Reports of the Secretary of the Navy (issued annually to 1931); Comptroller of the Navy (NAVCOMPT) compilations; Department of the Navy (DON) 5-Year Program, Ships & Aircraft Supplemental Data Tables (SASDT); and records and compilations of the Office of the Chief of Naval Operations (OP-802K, now N804J1D) Ship Management Information System (now Ship Management System), refined and edited with the assistance of the annual Naval Vessel Register.

For consistent historical comparison, Naval Reserve Force (NRF) and Naval Fleet Auxiliary Force (NFAF) ships, and Military Sealift Command (MSC) fleet support ships, are included in current and recent active totals. Figures, and conclusions drawn from them, would, otherwise, be historically inconsistent, and comparisons would be skewed.

From 1963 through 1974, former guided-missile frigates (DLG/DLGN) are counted under the categories (cruisers, destroyers) to which they were assigned on 30 June 1975: DLG 6 class Became DDG 37 class; DLG 16 class became CG 16 class; DLG 26 class became CG 26 class; DLGN 25, 35, 36 classes became CGN 25, 35, 36 classes.

Surface warfare ship totals do not include submarines, mine warfare, patrol or auxiliaries.

 

TABLES:

 

1886-1891 | 1892-1897 | 1898-1903 | 1904-1909 | 1910-1916 | 1917-1923 |
1924-1930 | 1931-1937 | 1938-1944 | 1945-1951 | 1951-1957 | 1958-1964 | 
1965-1971 | 1972-1978 | 1979-1985 | 1986-1992 | 1993-1999 | 2000-present 

 

 

U. S. Navy Ship Force Levels, 1886-1891

 

DATE

12/86

12/87

12/88

12/89

12/90

12/91

BATTLESHIP

 

 

 

 

 

 

CRUISER*

1

2

2

4

7

8

MONITOR

 

 

 

 

 

1

TORPEDO BOATS

 

 

 

 

1

1

STEEL GUNBOATS**

1

1

1

4

5

7

AUXILIARIES

 

 

 

 

 

1

SCREW STEAMER***

13

13

13

13

11

10

SCREW SLOOPS^

14

14

14

14

10

10

GUNBOATS~

5

5

5

5

5

5

SAILING VESSELS@

4

4

4

3

3

3

STEEL NAVY

2

3

3

8

13

18

Notes

* Mostly protected cruisers plus two armored cruisers and three unprotected cruisers.

** Although not a gunboat, the steel-hulled despatch boat Dolphin was part of the "New Navy". The great increase in numbers after 1897 includes new building, conversions, and war prizes.

***All wooden or iron ships until 1898 when the wartime expansion included eleven merchant ships temporarily converted to auxiliary cruisers.

^    Includes one steam sloop and one steam sloop-of-war.

~    Includes wooden, composite, and iron gunboats.

@    Includes one sloop-of-war and three training ships.

$    The distinction between "Old" Navy and "Steel" Navy is somewhat artificial, the former being the old iron-hulled vessels with early steam engines, while the latter term covers (with a few exceptions) the new steel-hulled triple-expansion steam engine warships that become the standard ships of 20th-century navies.

Events

U. S. authorized first vessels of the "steel navy" in 1883 and 1885. 

First battleship (pre-dreadnought) authorized in 1886. 

Publication of Alfred Thayer Mahan's widely read but often misunderstood The Influence of Sea Power Upon History in 1890.

 

U. S. Navy Ship Force Levels, 1892-1897 

 

DATE

12/92

12/93

12/94

12/95

12/96

12/97

BATTLESHIP

 

 

 

3

5

6

CRUISER

8

9

16

17

16

16

MONITOR

1

2

2

3

6

6

TORPEDO BOATS

1

1

1

1

1

6

STEEL GUNBOATS

7

9

10

10

11

14

AUXILIARIES#

1

1

1

1

1

1

SCREW STEAMER

9

7

7

7

7

7

SCREW SLOOPS

8

7

6

6

6

5

GUNBOATS

5

5

5

5

5

10

SAILING VESSELS

3

2

2

2

1

1

STEEL NAVY

18

22

30

35

40

49

OLD NAVY

25

21

20

20

19

23

TOTAL ACTIVE

43

43

50

55

59

72

Notes

First three battleships commissioned in 1895.

 

U. S. Navy Ship Force Levels, 1898-1903 

 

DATE

12/98

12/99

12/00

12/01

12/02

12/03

BATTLESHIP

6

5

8

9

10

11

CRUISER

18

15

13

9

16

19

MONITOR

14

6

5

6

6

6

DESTROYERS

 

 

 

 

8

16

TORPEDO BOATS

12

15

18

24

27

27

SUBMARINES

 

 

1*

1

1

8

STEEL GUNBOATS

34**

28

30

29

29

29

AUXILIARIES#

30

26

25

25

26

26

SCREW STEAMER

16

13

11

10

9

9

SCREW SLOOPS

4

4

3

3

3

2

SAILING SHIPS

1

1***

 

 

 

 

GUNBOATS @@

25

20

26

25

25

22

STEEL NAVY

114

95

100

103

123

142

OLD NAVY

46

38

40

38

37

33

TOTAL ACTIVE

160

133

140

141

160

175

Events

Spanish-American War, April-August 1898.

First submarine enters service in 1900.  First torpedo boat destroyers enter service in 1902.

Notes

*    Holland, although technically a submersible torpedo boat, was the first of some 500 or so diesel-electric boats commonly referred to as "submarines."

***    About 20 steel ships, converted to gunboats, were bought by the Navy in 1898 because of the war with Spain.

#    Before the Spanish-American War, this category included the small freight carrier Fern.  For the wartime period and after, it covers colliers, supply ships, water supply ships, a transport, a hospital ship, and a refrigerator ship.

*** By the turn of the century, the only active sailing ship left in the Navy (the rest had become stationary receiving or training ships or had been transferred to State Militias or Marine Schools) was the bark Severn, used to train midshipmen at the Naval Academy in Annapolis.  The category is therefore closed.

@@    Twenty-three converted yachts, fourteen revenue cutters transferred from the Treasury Department, war prizes, and conversions of private craft temporarily increased the number of non-steel "gunboats" in the Navy during and after 1898.

 

U. S. Navy Ship Force Levels, 1904-1909 

 

DATE

12/04

12/05

12/06

12/07

12/08

12/09

BATTLESHIP

12

12

18

22

25

25

CRUISER

23

24

27

25

27

27

MONITOR

5

4

4

4

2

2

DESTROYERS

16

16

16

16

16

20

TORPEDO BOATS*

29

32

32

32

33

33

SUBMARINES

8

8

8

11

12

16

STEEL GUNBOATS

29

28

25

22

20

19

AUXILIARIES

28

27

29

30

30

29

SCREW STEAMER

4

4

2**

 

 

 

SCREW SLOOPS

2***

 

 

 

 

 

GUNBOATS

21

19

19

18

16

16

TOTAL ACTIVE

177

174

180

180

181

187

Notes

*     A number of torpedo boats went in and out of commission during this time period, often seeing service with reserve units or State Militias.  Most, however, came back into the Navy in 1917 and therefore remain on the list.

**    By 1906, all the screw steamers had either decommissioned or had become station ships, tenders, trainers, or auxiliaries, thus this category is closed down.

***   After 1904, the remaining two sloops, Hartford and Mohican, only served as training or station ships, thus closing down this category.

**** By 1906, the distinction between old and steel navy is no longer useful.

 

Former Congressman West said our Navy was at 1915 levels. In 1922 the first aircraft carrier was built using the USS Jupiter, the first electric ship using coal, thereafter becoming USS Langley and as of October 23, 2012 we have eleven aircraft carriers, while USS Enterprise (CVN-65) was inactivated on 1 December 2012.

 

USS George H.W. Bush is the 10th and final Nimitz-class aircraft carrier. Commissioned Saturday, Jan. 10, 2009, during an 11 a.m. EST ceremony at Naval Station Norfolk, Va. The 41st President of the United States George H. W. Bush christened the CVN-77 at the christening ceremony at Northrop Grumman Newport News Shipyard on 7 October 2006. The Island lifted into place on 8 July 2006. On 26 January 2001, Newport News Ship building signed a $3.8 billion deal with the Navy to build CVN-77. Keel was laid down on 6 September 2003. The Navy took delivery of its newest aircraft carrier, USS George H.W. Bush (CVN-77), from Northrop Grumman Shipbuilding May 11.

 

The Gerald R. Ford-class aircraft carrier will be 1,092 feet in length and have a beam of 134 feet. The flight deck will be 256 feet wide, and the ship will be able to operate at speeds in excess of 34 knots. Enterprise will be built by Huntington Ingalls Industries-Newport News Shipbuilding in Newport News, Va. The Navy awarded Northrop Grumman Shipbuilding a $5.1 billion contract to begin construction of the Gerald R. Ford (CVN-78) on 10 September 2008. The keel laying and authentication ceremony for Gerald R. Ford (CVN-78) was held at Northrop Grumman Corp.'s Newport News shipyard on 14 November 2009. USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN-78) launched, holding a Christening ceremony at Huntington Ingalls Newport News Shipbuilding in Newport News on 9 November 2013.

 

Gerald R. Ford (CVN-78) (66th CC) will replace USS Nimitz (CVN-68), former CVA(N)-68 (56th CC) in 2020.

 

As of July 8, 2016, there were ten commissioned aircraft carriers. As 2019, their were eleven.

 

In addition, several carriers are under going DPIA or PIA from 6 to 12 months annually.

 

USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) (60th CC) completed RCOH in 2017 and USS George Washington (CVN-73) (61st CC) commenced RCOH in 2017.

 

Today the U. S. Navy has more ships then America had in 1915.

 

Before WW II the U.S. Navy had fewer carriers then today and we have submarines as well, so what does Congressman West mean when he says our Navy is at 1915 levels?

 

Where did this idea originate that there were more U. S. Navy Ships in 1915 then 2012?

 

1910 to 1916 (245) & 2012 (287) Deployable Battle Force of U. S. Navy Ships

 

U. S. Navy Ship Force Levels, 1910-1916 

 

DATE

12/10

12/11

12/12

12/13

12/14

12/15

12/16

BATTLESHIP

29

30

32

32

34

32

36

CRUISER

27

25

24

27

28

30

30

MONITOR

2

3

3

3

3

3

3

DESTROYERS

27

36

42

46

50

57

61

TORPEDO BOATS*

31

30

30

25

19

18

18

SUBMARINES

17

17

23

26

36

37

44

STEEL GUNBOATS

18

18

17

17

17

17

17**

AUXILIARIES

29

28

28

27

26

26

25

GUNBOATS

16

15

12

11

11

11

11**

TOTAL ACTIVE

196

202

211

214

224

231

245

*A number of torpedo boats went in and out of commission during this time period, often seeing service with reserve units or State Militias.  Most, however, came back into the Navy in 1917 and therefore remain on the list.

 

**These two categories are merged together with the great wartime expansion of gunboat numbers in 1917. Not Active.

http://www.history.navy.mil/branches/org9-4b.htm#1910

 

I think Congressman West was refereeing to 1917 ship forces and or the result of 700 billion in military cuts which would force a number of ships to decommission.

 

In the 20s and 30s there was a new construction ship tonnage treaty between the U. S. and other industrial nations that WW II changed, yet in 1917 there was a 342 U. S. Navy Active Ship Force Level as Mit Romney pointed out as compared to 287 as of 23 October 2012.

 

U. S. Navy Active Ship Force Levels, 1917-1923

 

DATE

4/6/17

11/11/18

7/1/19

7/1/20

7/1/21

7/1/22

7/1/23

BATTLESHIP

37

39

36

26

22

19

18

MONITORS, COASTAL

7

7

5

1

2@

-

-

CARRIERS, FLEET

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

CARRIERS, ESCORT

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

CRUISERS

33

31

28

27

10

12

13

DESTROYERS

66

110

161

189

68 (208rc)

103

103

FRIGATES

17

17

-

-

-

-

-

SUBMARINES

44

80

91

58

69 (11rc)

82 (7rc)

69 (5rc)

MINE WARFARE

-

53

62

48

50 (8rc)

36

38

PATROL

42

350

65

45

59 (1rc)

43

41

AUXILIARY

96

87

304

173

104

83

82

SURFACE WARSHIPS

160

204

230

243

102

134

134

TOTAL ACTIVE

342

774

752

567

384 (228rc)

379 (7rc)

365 (5rc)

Events

U.S. enters WWI 6 April 1917

Bolshevik Revolution begins 28 October (Old Style) 1917

WWI ends 11 November 1918

Washington Treaty in force 17 August 1923

Notes

@   The last Coast Defense Monitor went out of commission in 1921.

rc    Reduced Commission: not included in "active" total. The drop in ship numbers evident from 1920-21 is a post-WWI readjustment to a peacetime strength, with limited budgets and naval arms limitation. Not Active.

http://www.history.navy.mil/branches/org9-4.htm

 

U.S. Navy Active Ship Force Levels, 1924-1930

 

DATE

7/1/24

7/1/25

7/1/26

7/1/27

7/1/28

7/1/29

7/1/30

BATTLESHIPS

18

18

15(3rc)

15(3rc)

16(2rc)

16(2rc)

16(2rc)

CARRIERS, FLEET

1

1

1

1

3

3

3

CARRIERS, ESCORT

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

CRUISERS

16

18

18

16

16

16

20

DESTROYERS

103

105

106

106

106

103

103

FRIGATES

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

SUBMARINES

77(3rc)

76(3rc)

80

77

77

80

81

MINE WARFARE

39

40

39

40

40

37

36

PATROL

37

37

37

32

33

32

29

AUXILIARY

84

73

71

69

68

68

68

RIGID AIRSHIPS

1

2

1

1

1

1

1

TOTAL ACTIVE

376 (3rc)

370 (3rc)

368 (3rc)

357 (3rc)

360 (2rc)

356 (2rc)

357 (3rc)

SURFACE WARSHIPS

137

141

139

137

138

135

139

Events

  Battleship modernization program in effect 1926-1934.

  London Treaty in force 31 December 1930.

Events

rc     Reduced Commission: not included in "active" total.

 

U.S. Navy Active Ship Force Levels, 1931-1937

 

DATE

7/1/31

7/1/32

7/1/33

7/1/34

4/1/35*

7/1/36

9/1/37*

BATTLESHIPS

12(3rc)

11(4rc)

11(4rc)

14(1rc)

15

15

15

CARRIERS, FLEET

3

3

3

4

4

4

3@

CARRIERS, ESCORT

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

CRUISERS

20

19

20

24

25

26

27

DESTROYERS

87^

102

101

102^^

104

106

111

FRIGATES

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

SUBMARINES

56

55

55

54

52

49

52

MINE WARFARE

33

33

26

26

26

26

30

PATROL

27(1rc)

24

26

24

23

23

22

AUXILIARY

69

65

68

71

71

73

75

RIGID AIRSHIPS

1

1

1

1

-

-

-

SURFACE WARSHIPS

119

132

132

140

144

147

153

TOTAL ACTIVE

308 (4rc)

313 (4rc)

311 (4rc)

320 (1rc)

320

322

335

Events

  Japan enters Manchuria 18 September 1931. Hitler to power 30 January 1933.

  Failure of the International Economic Conference to stabilize world currencies in July 1933 leads to growing instability.

  Vinson-Trammell Act, 27 March 1934, authorizes--though it does not fund--Navy construction to Treaty strength.

  Japan renounces Washington Treaty 29 December 1934, effective 31 December 1936.

  Germany renounces disarmament clauses of the Treaty of Versailles 16 March 1935.

  Spanish Civil War begins 18 July 1936.

  Japan begins large-scale military operations in China 7 July 1937.

Notes

*     Data for 1 July not available.

@     CV-1 to AV-1 (auxiliary).

^     London Treaty exchange of new DD for older types allowed.

^^     New DD begin to appear.

rc     Reduced Commission: not included in "active" total.

 

U.S. Navy Active Ship Force Levels, 1938-1944

 

DATE

6/30/38

6/30/39

6/30/40

12/7/41

12/31/42

12/31/43

12/31/44

BATTLESHIPS

15

15

15

17

19

21

23

CARRIERS, FLEET

5

5

6

7

4

19

25

CARRIERS, ESCORT

-

-

-

1

12

35

65

CRUISERS

32

36

37

37

39

48

61

DESTROYERS

112

127

185

171

224

332

367

FRIGATES

-

-

-

-

-

234

376

SUBMARINES

54

58

64

112

133

172

230

MINE WARFARE

27

29

36

135

323

551

614

PATROL

34

20

19

100

515

1050

1183

AMPHIBIOUS

-

-

-

-

121

673

2147

AUXILIARY

101

104

116

210

392

564

993

SURFACE WARSHIPS

159

178

237

225

282

635

827

TOTAL ACTIVE

380

394

478

790

1782

3699

6084

Events

    WWII begins in Europe when Germany and the USSR invade Poland September 1939.

 

U.S. Navy Active Ship Force Levels, 1945-1950

 

DATE

8/14/45*

6/30/46

6/30/47

6/30/48

6/30/49

6/30/50

BATTLESHIPS

23

10

4

2

1

1

CARRIERS, FLEET

28

15

14

13

11

11

CARRIERS, ESCORT

71

10

8

7

7

4

CRUISERS

72

36

32

32

18

13

DESTROYERS

377

145

138

134

143

137

FRIGATES

361

35

24

12

12

10

SUBMARINES

232

85

80

74

79

72

MINE WARFARE

586

112

55

54

52

56

PATROL

1204

119

74

50

50

33

AMPHIBIOUS

2547

275

107

86

60

79

AUXILIARY

1267

406

306

273

257

218

SURFACE WARSHIPS

833

226

198

180

174

161

TOTAL ACTIVE

6768

1248

842

737

690

634

Events

  WWII in Europe ends 8 May 1945.

  V-J Day 14 August 1945 (15 August in western Pacific).

  Pacific War formally ends 2 September 1945.

  U.S.-USSR relations deteriorate 1945-1950.

  Chinese Civil War won by communists 1949

  Korean War begins 25 June 1950.

Events

*     V-J Day.

The increase in fleet size after 1950 is due to the mobilization, begun after North Korea invaded South Korea on 25 June 1950.

 

U.S. Navy Active Ship Force Levels, 1951-1957

 

DATE

6/30/51

6/30/52

6/30/53

6/30/54

6/30/55

6/30/56

6/30/57

BATTLESHIPS

3

4

4

4

3

3

2

CARRIERS, FLEET

17

19

19

20

21

22

22

CARRIERS, ESCORT

9

10

10

7

3

2

-

CRUISERS

15

19

19

18

17

16

16

DESTROYERS

206

243

247

247

249

250

253

FRIGATES

38

56

56

57

64

70

84

SUBMARINES

83

104

108

108

108

108

113

SSG/SSBNS *

1

1

2

2

1

2

2

COMMAND SHIPS

-

-

-

-

-

1

1

MINE WARFARE

91

114

121

117

112

113

104

PATROL

40

29

23

22

15

11

12

AMPHIBIOUS

208

189

226

223

175

139

134

AUXILIARY

269

309

287

288

262

236

224

SURFACE WARSHIPS

262

322

326

326

333

339

355

TOTAL ACTIVE

980

1097

1122

1113

1030

973

967

Events

  Korean War Armistice signed 1953.

  Taiwan Straits patrol begins 1955.

Notes

*     Guided Missile Submarine/Fleet Ballistic Missile Submarine (nuclear powered).

 

U.S. Navy Active Ship Force Levels, 1958-1964

 

DATE

6/30/58

6/30/59

6/30/60

6/30/61

6/30/62

6/30/63

6/30/64

BATTLESHIPS

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

CARRIERS

24

23

23

24

26

24

24

CRUISERS

15

12

13

12

13

18

24

DESTROYERS

245

237

226

223

240

222

215

FRIGATES

71

61

41

41

68

40

40

SUBMARINES

109

109

106

105

104

102

102

SSG/SSBNS

2

4

7

10

14

17

23

COMMAND SHIPS

1

1

1

1

1

2

2

MINE WARFARE

77

82

81

83

84

84

84

PATROL

12

6

4

4

2

-

-

AMPHIBIOUS

121

120

113

110

130

132

133

AUXILIARY

213

205

197

206

218

216

212

SURFACE WARSHIPS

331

310

280

276

321

280

279

TOTAL ACTIVE

890

860

812

819

900

857

859

Events

  Lebanon landings 1958.

  Cuban quarantine October-December 1962.

  Tonkin Gulf incident 1964

Notes

*     Guided Missile Submarine/Fleet Ballistic Missile Submarine (nuclear powered).

 

U.S. Navy Active Ship Force Levels, 1965-1971

 

DATE

6/30/65

6/30/66

6/30/67

6/30/68

6/30/69

6/30/70

6/30/71

BATTLESHIPS

-

-

-

1

1

-

-

CARRIERS

25

23

23

23

22

19

19

CRUISERS

27

29

35

35

34

31

30

DESTROYERS

221

217

216

219

201

155

152

FRIGATES

39

42

46

50

43

47

61

SUBMARINES

104

104

105

105

100

103

100

SSG/SSBNS

30

37

41

41

41

41

41

COMMAND SHIPS

2

2

2

2

2

-

-

MINE WARFARE

84

84

83

84

74

64

59

PATROL

-

-

3

6

7

15

17

AMPHIBIOUS

135

159

162

157

153

97

95

AUXILIARY

213

212

216

210

207

171

177

SURFACE WARSHIPS

287

288

296

304*

279

249

262

TOTAL ACTIVE

880

909

932

933

885

743

751

Events

  Carrier strikes on North Vietnam and Market Time Operations begin 1965.

  Sea Dragon amphibious operations 1966-1968.

Notes

*     Vietnam era high.

The dramatic fall in ship numbers after 1968-1969 is due to the decision to limit the use of American military force in Vietnam and the decommissioning of many WWII-era ships.

 

U.S. Navy Active Ship Force Levels, 1972-1978

 

DATE ^

6/30/72

6/30/73

6/30/74

6/30/75

6/30/76

6/30/77

9/30/78

BATTLESHIPS

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

CARRIERS

17

16

14

15

13

13

13

CRUISERS

27

29

28

27

26

26

28

DESTROYERS

132

139

119

102

99

92

95

FRIGATES

66

71

64

64

64

64

65

SUBMARINES

94

84

73

75

74

77

81

SSBNS

41

41

41

41

41

41

41

COMMAND SHIPS

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

MINE WARFARE

31

34

34

34

25

25

25

PATROL

16

14

14

14

13

6

3

AMPHIBIOUS

77

65

65

64

65

65

67

AUXILIARY

153

148

135

123

116

114

113

SURFACE WARSHIPS

225

239

211

193

189

182*

188

TOTAL ACTIVE

654

641

587

559

536

523

531

Events

  Last U.S. forces withdraw from South Vietnam following the ceasefire 1973.

  South Vietnam falls to North Vietnamese communists 1975.

Notes

^     Beginning with FY 78, the fiscal year runs 1 October through 30 September.

*     Post-Vietnam low for surface warships.

 

U.S. Navy Active Ship Force Levels, 1979-1985

 

DATE

9/30/79

9/30/80

9/30/81

9/30/82

9/30/83

9/30/84

9/30/85

BATTLESHIPS

-

-

-

-

1

2

2

CARRIERS

13

13

12

13

13

13

13

CRUISERS

28

26

27

27

28

29

30

DESTROYERS

97

94

91

89

71

69

69

FRIGATES

65

71

78

86

95

103

110

SUBMARINES

80

82

87

96

98

98

100

SSBNS

41

40

34

33

34

35

37

COMMAND SHIPS

-

3

4

4

4

4

4

MINE WARFARE

25

25

25

25

21

21

21

PATROL

3

3

1

4

6

6

6

AMPHIBIOUS

67

63

61

61

59

57

58

AUXILIARY

114

110

101

117

103

120

121

SURFACE WARSHIPS

190

191

196

202

195

203

211

TOTAL ACTIVE

533

530

521*

555

533

557

571

Events

  Grenada operation 1983.

  Attempted peacekeeping in Lebanon 1983.

Notes

*     Post-Vietnam War low (total active ships).

 

U.S. Navy Active Ship Force Levels, 1986-1992

 

DATE

9/30/86

9/30/87

9/30/88

9/30/89

9/30/90

9/30/91

9/30/92

BATTLESHIPS

3

3

3

4

4

1

-

CARRIERS

14

14

14

14

13

15

14

CRUISERS

32

36

38

40

43

47

49

DESTROYERS

69

69

69

68

57

47

40

FRIGATES

113

115

107

100

99

93

67

SUBMARINES

101

102

100

99

93

87

85

SSBNS

39

37

37

36

33

34

30

COMMAND SHIPS

4

4

4

4

4

4

4

MINE WARFARE

21

22

22

23

22

22

16

PATROL

6

6

6

6

6

6

6

AMPHIBIOUS

58

59

59

61

59

61

58

AUXILIARY

123

127

114

137

137

112

102

SURFACE WARSHIPS

217

223^

217

212

203

188

156

TOTAL ACTIVE

583

594*

573

592

570

529

471

Events

  Fall of the Berlin Wall and many East European communist governments, 1989-1990.

  Gulf mobilization and war, 1990-1991.

  Dissolution of the Soviet Union and end of the Cold War, 1991.

Events

^     1980s high for surface warships.

*     1980s high for total active ships.

A rapid decline in force level is evident after the anticommunist revolutions in Eastern Europe and the collapse of the Soviet Union, 1989-1991.

 

U.S. Navy Active Ship Force Levels, 1993-1999

 

DATE

9/30/93

9/30/94

9/30/95

9/30/96

9/30/97

9/30/98

8/17/99

BATTLESHIPS

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

CARRIERS

13

12

12

12

12

12

12

CRUISERS

52

35

32

31

30

29

27

DESTROYERS

37

41

47

51

56

50

52

FRIGATES

59

51

49

43

42

38

37

SUBMARINES

88

88

83

79

73

65

57

SSBNS

22

18

16

17

18

18

18

COMMAND SHIPS

4

4

4

4

4

4

4

MINE WARFARE

15

16

18

18

18

18

18

PATROL

2

7

12

13

13

13

13

AMPHIBIOUS

52

38

39

40

41

40

41

AUXILIARY

110

94

80

67

52

57

57

SURFACE WARSHIPS

148

127

128

123

122

109

106

TOTAL ACTIVE

454

404

392

375

359

344

336

Notes

End of the Cold War 'peace dividend' leads to decommissioning of many older ships, especially cruisers and auxiliaries, in a manner similar to downsizing at the end of the Vietnam war.

 

U.S. Navy Active Ship Force Levels, 2000 2006

 

DATE

9/30/00

9/30/01

9/30/02

9/30/03

9/30/04

9/30/05

9/30/06

CARRIERS

12

12

12

12

12

12

12

CRUISERS

27

27

27

27

25

23

22

DESTROYERS

54

53

55

49

48

46

50

FRIGATES

35

35

33

30

30

30

30

SUBMARINES

56

55

54

54

54

54

54

SSBN

18

18

18

16

14

14

14

SSGN

0

0

0

2

4

4

4

MINE WARFARE

18

18

17

17

17

17

16

AMPHIBIOUS

41

41

41

38

37

37

35

AUXILIARY

57

57

56

52

51

45

44

SURFACE WARSHIPS

128

127

127

118

115

111*

114

TOTAL ACTIVE

318

316

313

297

292

282

281

 Notes

  9/11 and the GWOT does not increase Navy ship force levels.

  START treaty limits encourage creation of SSGN class, fleet ballistic missile submarines converted to carry conventional strike cruise missiles. Older surface warships continue to be replaced at a less than one-to-one ratio.

*     Low since 1921

    To clarify the ship numbers included in this table, the year 2000 entries include active commissioned ships, those in the Naval Reserve Force (NRF) and ships operated by the Military Sealift Command (MSC).  Row entries are self-explanatory, with the auxiliary category including combat logistic ships (such as oilers, ammunition, combat store ships), mobile logistics ships (such as submarine tenders) and support ships (such as command, salvage, tugs and research ships).  Command ships have been subsumed into that category and the separate line entry removed.  A new row has been added for guided missile submarines (SSGN).

   Post-1999 data provided by N8F.

 

U.S. Navy Active Ship Force Levels, 2007 to 2010

 

DATE

9/30/07

9/30/08

9/30/09

9/30/10

CARRIERS

11

11

11 

11

CRUISERS

22

22

22 

22

DESTROYERS

52

54

57

59

FRIGATES

30

30

30

29

LCS

 

1

1

2

PATROL COASTAL

0

0

0

0

 SSN

53

53

53 

53

SSBN

14

14

14

14

SSGN

4

4

4

MINE WARFARE

14

14

14 

14

AMPHIBIOUS

33

34

33

33

AUXILIARY

46

45

46

47

SURFACE WARSHIPS

115

118

 121

 123

TOTAL ACTIVE

279

282

285 

288 

 

U. S. Navy Active Ship Force Levels, 2007 to 2011

 

Date

9/30/07

9/30/08

9/30/09

9/30/10

9/30/11

Carriers

11

11

11 

11

11

Cruisers

22

22

22 

22

22

Destroyers

52

54

57

59

61

Frigates

30

30

30

29

26

LCS *

 

1

1

2

2

Submarines

53

53

53 

53

53

SSBN

14

14

14

14

14

SSGN

4

4

4

4

Mine Warfare

14

14

14 

14

14

Amphibious

33

34

33

33

31

Auxiliary

46

45

46

47

47

Surface Warships

115

118

 121

 123

122 

Total Active

278**

282

285 

288 

285 

Events

  Korean War Armistice signed 1953.

  Taiwan Straits patrol begins 1955.

Notes

*     Guided Missile Submarine/Fleet Ballistic Missile Submarine (nuclear powered).

 

U. S. Navy Active Ship Force Levels, 2007 to 2012

 

DATE

9/30/07

9/30/08

9/30/09

9/30/10

9/30/11

9/30/12

CARRIERS

11

11

11 

11

11

11

CRUISERS

22

22

22 

22

22

22

DESTROYERS

52

54

57

59

61

62

FRIGATES

30

30

30

29

26

23

LCS

 

1

1

2

2

3

PATROL COASTAL

0

0

0

0

0

0

 SSN

53

53

53 

53

53

54

SSBN

14

14

14

14

14

14

SSGN

4

4

4

4

4

MINE WARFARE

14

14

14 

14

14

14

AMPHIBIOUS

33

34

33

33

31

29

AUXILIARY

46

45

46

47

47

52

SURFACE WARSHIPS

115

118

 121

 123

122 

121

TOTAL ACTIVE

278

282

285 

288 

285 

288

 

U. S. Navy Active Ship Force Levels, 2007 to 2015

 

DATE

9/30/07

9/30/08

9/30/09

9/30/10

9/30/11

9/30/12

CARRIERS

11

11

11 

11

11

11

CRUISERS

22

22

22 

22

22

22

DESTROYERS

52

54

57

59

61

62

FRIGATES

30

30

30

29

26

23

LCS

 

1

1

2

2

3

PATROL COASTAL

0

0

0

0

0

0

 SSN

53

53

53 

53

53

54

SSBN

14

14

14

14

14

14

SSGN

4

4

4

4

4

MINE WARFARE

14

14

14 

14

14

14

AMPHIBIOUS

33

34

33

33

31

29

AUXILIARY

46

45

46

47

47

52

SURFACE WARSHIPS

115

118

 121

 123

122 

121

TOTAL ACTIVE

278

282

285 

288 

285 

288

^ Patrol Coastal (PC) were counted in the battle force level only for FY 2014.

Published: Wed Jan 13 09:46:02 EST 2016

https://www.history.navy.mil/research/histories/ship-histories/us-ship-force-levels.html

 

U.S. Navy Active Ship Force Levels, 2011 to 2016

 

  Combatant (Warship)  

 221

  222

  217

  222

  201

  204

     Aircraft Carrier (CVN)

11

11

10

10

10

10

     Cruiser (CG)

22

22

22

22

22

22

     Destroyer (DDG)

61

62

62

62

62

62

     Destroyer (DDG 1000)

-

-

-

-

-

1

     Frigate (FFG)

26

23

17

10

-

-

     Littoral (LCS)

2

3

4

4

5

8

     Patrol Coastal (PC)

-

-

-

10^

-

-

     Attack Submarine (SSN)

53

54

54

55

54

52

     Ballistic Missile Submarine (SSBN)

14

14

14

14

14

14

     Guided Missile Submarine (SSGN)

4

4

4

4

4

4

     Amphibious Assault Ship [General] (LHA)

1

1

1

2

1

1

     Amphibious Transport Dock (LHD)

8

8

8

8

8

8

     Amphibious Assault Ship [Multi] (LPD)

7

8

9

9

9

10

     Landing Dock Ship (LSD)

12

12

12

12

12

12

  Combatant (Other)  

 63

  65

  68

  67

  70

  71

     Mine Countermeasures Ship (MCM)

14

14

13

8

11

11

     Ammunition Ship (T-AE)

1

1

1

-

-

0

     Fleet Replenishment Oiler (T-AO)

15

15

15

15

15

15

     Fast Combat Support Ship (T-AOE)

4

4

4

3

3

2

     Dry Cargo & Ammunition Ship (T-AKE)

11

11

12

12

12

12

     Command Ship (LCC)

2

2

2

2

2

2

     Submarine Tender (AS)

2

2

2

2

2

2

     *Joint High Speed Vessel (JHSV)
     Expeditionary Fast Transport (T-EPF)

-

-

2

4

5

7

     Surveillance Ship (T-AGOS)

5

5

5

5

5

5

     Salvage Ship (T-ARS)

4

4

4

4

4

4

     Fleet Ocean Tug (T-ATF)

4

4

4

4

4

4

     (MPS T-AKE)

1

2

2

2

2

2

     Afloat Forward Staging Base (AFSB)

-

1

1

1

1

1

     *Afloat Forward Staging Base/
        Expeditionary Sea Base (T-ESB)

-

-

-

-

-

1

     *Mobile Landing Platform (MLP)
     Expeditionary Transfer Dock (T-ESD)

-

-

1

2

3

2

     Hospital Ship (T-AH)

-

-

-

2

-

-

     High Speed Transport (T-HST)

-

-

-

1

1

1

TOTAL BATTLE FORCE LEVEL

284

287

285

289

271

275 

Patrol Coastal (PC) were counted in the battle force level only for FY 2014.

*JHSV and MLP classifications changed to T-EPF and T-ESD in August 2015.  Additionally, the classification T-ESB was created for AFSBs used for expeditionary support. 

 

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Published: Fri Nov 17 08:03:59 EST 2017

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