If we look at the size of the fleet, then the US military cannot compete with China’s naval growth. According to the Pentagon’s 2022 China Military Power Report released in November, the People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) will overtake the US Navy in fleet size around 2020. Now it has about 340 warships. The report said that in the next two years, up to 400 ships could be included in China’s fleet.
US relying on technology to win the war
On the other hand is America which has less than 300 ships in its fleet. According to the US Navy’s Navigation Plan 2022, released last summer, the Pentagon aims to increase the number of ships in its fleet to 350 by 2045. Despite this, it is much less than China. That’s why US military officers are relying on technology to counter the enemy. The document states that ‘the world is entering a new era of warfare in which technology, concepts, partners and systems, more than fleet size, will determine victory in battle.’
China has the largest navy in the world
According to research by Sam Tangredy of Future Warfare Studies at the US Naval War College, if history is to be learned, China’s numerical advantage in any war is likely to be a defeat for the US Navy. China’s navy is the largest in the world in terms of numbers. In the last eight years, China has rapidly increased its naval strength. Although America (92) has more destroyers than China (41). Destroyers are the third most powerful weapon at sea after aircraft and helicopter carriers.