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Kazakh Naval Forces
Emblem-vmsrk.svg
Kazakh naval emblem
Founded April 2, 1993 (April 2, 1993)
Country  Kazakhstan
Branch Flag of Armed Forces of the Republic of Kazakhstan.gif 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
Anniversaries April 2
May 7
Commanders
Supreme  Commander-in-chief Nursultan Nazarbayev
Ceremonial chief Captain 1st rank Saken Bekzhanov[1]
Chief of Staff Captain 1st rank Marat Janaev
Deputy Commander

Captain 1st rank

Yermek Baygabulov
Commander Colonel Yerbol Begildayev
Notable
commanders
Rear Adm. Ratmir Komratov
Insignia
Naval Ensign Naval Ensign of Kazakhstan.svg
Naval Ensign of the Border Service Naval Ensign of Kazakhstan Border Service.png
Naval Jack of Kazakhstan Naval Jack of Kazakhstan.svg

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.

History[]

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.[2][3]

Structure[]

Vice Admiral Kevin Cosgriff, commander of U.S. Naval Forces Central Command greets Rear Admiral Ratmir Komratov prior to a meeting in Astana.

The following units form the structure of the Kazakh navy:[4]

  • 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)

Naval Equipment[]

Vessel Origin Type In service Notes
  Kazakhstan  Kazakhstan Missile boat 4[5][6] Kazakhstan class
Türk   Turkey patrol boat 2[7]
OPV-62  Israel patrol boat 2[7] Pacific-class
Shaldag   Israel Go-fast boat 6[7] Assembled in Azerbaijan
10750E harbor minesweepers  Russia minesweepers 2 The first vessel was commissioned in 2017[8][9]
Project 01340G  Russia Research vessel 1 The ship is known to be a hydrographic ship. The vessel's name is Zhaiyk[10][11]
Su-27  Russia fighter jets 2
Mil Mi-24  Russia attack helicopters 12 [12]

References[]

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