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Royal Cambodian Navy
Kangtrop Cheung Teuk
Marine royale du Cambodge
Seal of the RCN
Active 1953 - Present
Country Cambodia Kingdom of Cambodia
Allegiance Kingdom of Cambodia
Branch Royal Cambodian Marine Corps
Royal Cambodian Navy SEALs
Type Navy
Size 4,000 active personnel [1]
Part of Royal Cambodian Armed Forces
Garrison/HQ Phnom Penh
Motto(s) Defending the Kingdom of Cambodia
Anniversaries 9 November 1953
Vice-Admiral Tea Vinh

The Royal Cambodian Navy is the naval warfare service branch of the Armed Forces of Cambodia and one of the three uniformed services of the Kingdom of Cambodia. It has an estimated of 4,000 active personnel and operates 228 boats/ships in active service. It is commanded by Vice Admiral Tea Vinh and sails under the jurisdiction of the Ministry of National Defense.[2]


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Enlisted Ranks

  • Seaman 1st Class
  • Petty Officer 3rd Class
  • Petty Officer 2nd Class
  • Petty Officer 1st Class
  • Chief Petty Officer 2nd Class
  • Chief Petty Officer 1st Class

Warrant Officer's Ranks

  • Junior Warrant Officer
  • Warrant Officer
  • Chief Warrant Officer

Commissioned Officer's Ranks

  • Ensign
  • Junior Lieutenant
  • Lieutenant
  • Lieutenant Commander
  • Commander
  • Captain
  • Commodore
  • Rear Admiral
  • Vice Admiral


Cambodian Navy officers stand in ranks with U.S. Navy members.

Cambodian Navy saluting the flag.

The navy possesses fifteen patrol craft and a further five patrol craft of the "fast attack" variety. There are also about 200 motorized and manual canoes.[3]

The country's seagoing capability was boosted in August 2005 when China handed over 5 patrol boats. In 2007 a further 10 were handed over worth $100,000,000. The craft were donated to Cambodia by China to help counter piracy, transnational crime, smuggling and to safeguard future oil installations.

In 2007, Cambodia reported that it was increasing the strength of its navy from 1,000 to 3,000 sailors, apart from creating a force of 2,000 Marine infantry.

USS Mustin visits Cambodian Navy.

Many Officers of the Royal Cambodian Navy received their training at the Vietnam Naval Academy.[4]


Photo Vessel Type Builder Quantity Number
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Turya class torpedo patrol fast attack craft [5]  Soviet Union 5 1121-1125
Stenka class patrol fast attack craft  Soviet Union[6] 5 1131-1135
Project206 Shershen Egypt 1989 DN-SN-89-09160.jpg
Shershen class patrol fast attack craft  Soviet Union[7] 1 1115
Fast Patrol Craft[8]  China 15 1141-1145, 1101-1109
Landing Craft  China 1 1401[9]
Small Floating dock  China 1
motorized and manual boats  Cambodia 200


Naval bases of the Royal Cambodian Navy include the following:

  • Ream (naval base)
  • Sihanoukville (civilian port)
  • Phnom Penh (river base formerly of the Khmer Rouge)

See also


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