As those who know me here would agree naval power is not really my area however on a preliminary review I would tend to agree with OOE. This is partly bias as he has taught me on a few occasions when I first joined the folly of entering a debate without everything lined up and ready to go in support of my point. Now I make my points clearly and back them up as best as can be as you may observe from my dealings with JMH who by the way hasn't responded as yet (my point was well said I thinks).
however which side of this debate I would come down on is in point of fact irrelevant given that this thread is entitled "who has the strongest military in Europe". For this reason that is what the thread is about and nothing else despite the fact it has side tracked into a few foolish "what if" scenaerios in the past. Now while you may have some very interesting things to say and valuable input in certain fields please stay on topic in whatever thread you are in as if they are allowed to go off topic then pretty soon the actual point of the discussion will go missing.
You if you believe its worth the time start a thread in the naval power section of the forum on this particular matter or find and join one in progress. On behalf of myself I welcome you to WAB. stick to well crafted debate (on topic, factual and supported by something close to resembling facts) politeness, and a general sense of diplomatic courtesy and we'l get along swell. I am guilty of failing to adhere to this in my earlier rasher days but I think I have come a long way since then as OOE and others will confirm.
P.S. please don't go trying to turn this into another E.U. vs U.S. thing it took us pages to get rid of that last time and I would rather avoid the dubious pleasure again (also one highlighted post was made in 2005 for goodness sake poor Dale would barely remember it :D )