|Kazakh Naval Forces|
Kazakh naval emblem
|Founded||April 2, 1993|
|Branch||Armed Forces of the Republic of Kazakhstan|
|Type||National naval force|
|Role||Naval warfare and defense|
|Size||3,000 sailors and 14 patrol boats|
|Part of||Ministry of Defense of Kazakhstan|
|Headquarters||Aktau, Mangystau Region|
|Colors||Yellow, blue, black, and white|
|Supreme Commander-in-chief||Nursultan Nazarbayev|
|Ceremonial chief||Captain 1st rank Saken Bekzhanov|
|Chief of Staff||Captain 1st rank Marat Janaev|
Captain 1st rankYermek Baygabulov
|Commander||Colonel Yerbol Begildayev|
|Rear Adm. Ratmir Komratov|
|Naval Ensign of the Border Service|
|Naval Jack of Kazakhstan|
The Kazakh Naval Forces (Kazakh: Қазақстан Республикасы әскери-теңіз күштері, Russian: Военно-морские силы Казахстана) is the naval warfare branch of the Armed Forces of the Republic of Kazakhstan. The navy mainly operates on the Caspian Sea and is currently based in the coastal city of Aktau. The maritime branch currently has a strength of 3,000 personnel and is mainly equipped with fourteen inshore patrol craft.
Kazakhstan’s Naval Forces were originally established in April 1993 as a naval base of the Kazakh Army. The base, which was stationed in Aktau, initially became active in service on August 17, 1996 in spite of Kazakhstan being one of the largest landlocked countries on earth. In July 1999, the naval base became part of the Maritime units of the Border Guard Service of the National Security Committee of Kazakhstan. It became a separate military branch by presidential decree on 7 May 2003. In February 2010, Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev, in his position as supreme commander in chief of the entire military, presented the Battle Flag to the Kazakh navy. The 612th Airbase in Aktau was opened a year later, in 2011.
The following units form the structure of the Kazakh navy:
- Naval Headquarters
- Naval Infantry
- Special Forces Troops
- Marine Brigade
- Coastal artillery
- Caspian flotilla
- Border Service of the KNB
- 1st Naval Division (Bautino)
- 2nd Naval Division (Bautino)
- 3rd Naval Division (Atyrau)
- Aktau Naval Institute (closed in 2011)
|Kazakhstan||Kazakhstan||Missile boat||4||Kazakhstan class|
|Shaldag||Israel||Go-fast boat||6||Assembled in Azerbaijan|
|10750E harbor minesweepers||Russia||minesweepers||2||The first vessel was commissioned in 2017|
|Project 01340G||Russia||Research vessel||1||The ship is known to be a hydrographic ship. The vessel's name is Zhaiyk|
|Mil Mi-24||Russia||attack helicopters||12|||
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- Use of the Tengrinews English materials must be accompanied by a hyperlink to en.Tengrinews.kz
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