Published 1980, so in this context ' modern' means cold war technology. Hardcover without jacket, published by SALAMANDER UK.
' Descriptions of over 60 of the world's most exciting warships, 160 fact-packed pages in colour, 130 action photographs , and over 60 technical drawings' ( from the blurb)
This does not concetrate on individual vessels, but rather on teh class of each ( ie the Uk's Sheffiled class destroyers, which at time of publication included 12 ships. USA, USSR, UK, FRANCE, SWEDEN, GERMANY, CANADA, CHINA, SPAIN.