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Royal Navy And Soviet Navy (Tonnages)

Volume 952: debated on Friday 23 June 1978

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asked the Secretary of State for Defence what is the gross tonnage of the Royal Navy and the Soviet Navy currently; and what were the comparable figures for 1950, 1960 and 1970.

A comparison based on total tonnages alone is misleading in that it does not accurately reflect Fleet capabilities, but the current total full load displacements of the Soviet Navy and the Royal Navy—excluding ships smaller than mine counter-measures vessels—are approximately 3,000,000 and 600,000 tonnes respectively. Comparative figures for previous years could not be compiled without disproportionate effort.