America's Navy sails alone.
It's impossible to compare the U.S. Fleet to the rest of the world's navies, because the United States has a singular role and mission. We need a better navy than anyone else.
No post-World War II President has backed away from the nation's expansive leadership role. Nor has any recent President significantly reduced its foreign policy commitments by treaty or interest. In fact, the number and scope of U.S. military missions has expanded in the past 15 years.
As long as the United States undertakes a comprehensive role in guiding the international order toward peace and freedom, the nation's leaders must sustain the power necessary to accomplish that mission.
Yet America's military does more than fight. It also provides the underpinning for the nation's soft-power tools by supporting sanctions enforcement and strengthening diplomatic negotiations.
Because U.S. economic growth is connected to the stability and prosperity of the global economy, the nation uses its naval capabilities to guarantee sea trade. That ends up protecting virtually all maritime assets.