Brian Crisher and Mark Souva compare our current navy to our navy in 1916. Their measure “of state naval power is based on a state’s total number of warships (non-fighting ships are excluded) and each ship’s available firepower”:
In 1916, the US controlled roughly 11% of the world’s naval power. This is an impressive number that ranks the US third in naval strength behind the UK (34%) and Germany (19%), and just ahead of France (10%). What about the US navy in 2011? In 2011, the US controlled roughly 50% of the world’s naval power putting it in a comfortable lead in naval power ahead of Russia (11%).
Be afraid. Remember that’s the GOP’s guiding principle in foreign policy: be afraid.