Navies of the world. How would you rank the various navies in the world? I assume the U.S has the strongest, but who has the second? And how big is the gap? Is the U.S stronger (or is it even the strongest?) than the second and third most powerful combined? Based on the following criteria: 1. The ability to engage and destroy enemy ships at sea. 2. The ability to conduct operations far from domestic ports. 3. The ability to control civilian shipping (enforce a blockade, protect your own merchant ships et.c) 4. The ability to destroy targets on land. 5. The ability to withstand land based attacks. Just interested in starting a conversation.