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U.S. Navy Active Ship Force Levels, 1960-1969

1886-1889 | 1890-1899 | 1900-1909 | 1910-1916 | 1910-1919 |
1920-1929 | 1930-1939 | 1940-1949 | 1950-1959 | 1960-1969 | 
1970-1979 | 1980-1989 | 1990-1999 | 2000-2009 | 2010-2019 | 

As of 30 June

DATE 1960 1961 1962 1963 1964 1965 1966 1967 1968 1969
BATTLESHIPS - - - - - - - - 1 1
CARRIERS 23 24 26 24 24 25 23 23 23 22
CRUISERS 13 12 13 18 24 27 29 35 35 34
DESTROYERS 226 223 240 222 215 221 217 216 219 201
FRIGATES 41 41 68 40 40 39 42 46 50 43
SUBMARINES 106 105 104 102 102 104 104 105 105 100
SSG/SSBNS 7 10 14 17 23 30 37 41 41 41
COMMAND SHIPS 1 1 1 2 2 2 2 2 2 2
MINE WARFARE 81 83 84 84 84 84 84 83 84 74
PATROL 4 4 2 - - - - 3 6 7
AMPHIBIOUS 113 110 130 132 133 135 159 162 157 153
AUXILIARY 197 206 218 216 212 213 212 216 210 207
SURFACE WARSHIPS 280 276 321 280 279 287 288 296 304* 279
TOTAL ACTIVE 812 819 900 857 859 880 909 932 933 885
NOTES

Cuban quarantine October-December 1962.

Tonkin Gulf incident 1964

Carrier strikes on North Vietnam and Market Time Operations begin 1965.

Sea Dragon amphibious operations 1966-1968.

* Vietnam era high.

The dramatic fall in ship numbers after 1968-1969 is due to the decision to limit the use of American military force in Vietnam and the decommissioning of many WWII-era ships.

 
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