The United States Navy reports told US House Armed Services Committee’s Seapower Subcommittee that China now has more diesel and nuclear attack submarines than they have but the quality is still in question. US has 71 commissioned submarines.
“They may not be the same quality, but their submarine forces are growing at a tremendous rate. They now have more diesel and nuclear attack submarines than we have,” Vice Admiral Joseph Mulloy, Deputy Chief of Naval Operations, Integration of Capabilities and Resources said as quoted by RT. “They are producing some fairly amazing submarines and they are actually deploying them.”
Vice Admiral Mulloy added that “we don’t think they have nuclear weapons on board, but we’ve seen them producing the missiles and testing them. We know they are out experimenting and looking at operating and clearly want to be in this world of advanced submarines.”