|البحرية الملكية (Arabic)|
Adwas Ageldan n Yilel (Berber)
Marine royale (French)
Moroccan Royal Navy Seal
|Active||1960 - Present|
|Allegiance||Kingdom of Morocco|
|Size||7,800 perssonel (includes 1,500 Marines)|
|Part of||Administration of Defence إدارة الدفاع|
|Anniversaries||April 1st (foundation)|
|Equipment||89 vessels 17 aircraft|
|Inspector General of the Navy||RADM Mohammed Laghmari|
|Ceremonial chief||King Mohammed VI|
The Royal Navy of Morocco (Arabic language: البحرية الملكية, Berber: Adwas Ageldan n Yilel, French language: Marine royale) is a branch of the military of Morocco responsible of conducting naval operations. The Royal Moroccan Navy is administratively managed by the Administration of Defence, which is (de facto) commanded by King Mohammed VI, the commander-in-chief of the Moroccan Armed Forces.
The Royal Moroccan Navy is part of the Moroccan Armed Forces. Its mission includes the protection of Moroccan territory and sovereignty, as well as the control of Morocco's 81,000 square nautical mile Exclusive Economic Zone. Given Morocco's significant coastline (2,952 km) and strategic position oversseing the strait of Gibraltar, it (with Spain and the United Kingdom) is deeply involved in the security of this important international waterway.
The history of the modern Royal Moroccan Navy begins in 1960 with its foundation by King Mohammed V. The first Admiral of the modern Royal Navy was Vice Admiral Mohammed Triki, who held the position as the Chief of Staff of the Royal Moroccan Navy for 14 years. Although the modern Royal Navy was structured following Independence, the Moroccan naval military traces its roots back to the 11th century, with the rise of the Almoravid dynasty, and its ambition for naval hegemony in the Mediterranean Sea. Admiral Abdullah Ben Meimoun is credited for being the first commander of the Almoravid dynasty organized naval forces. With the Almohad dynasty taking over most of northern Africa, together with Al-Andalus, the Almohad dynasty navy would soon become the "first fleet of the Mediterranean". At its peak, the Almohad navy's military reputation was well known, inciting Ayyubid dynasty Egypt and Saladin to seek its help in preventing Crusades expeditions. The 16th century saw the starting decline of the Moroccan state and consequently the navy that served it. The capture of major coastal cities and locations by Spain and Portugal much affected Morocco's naval capabilities. Later on, under pressure from a coalition of European powers, Sultan Slimane dismantled the last remanents of the Moroccan Navy.
The main bases of the Royal Moroccan Navy are located in :
- Al Hoceima
- Ksar Sghir
|FREMM Frigate||701||Mohammed VI||2013||To be delivered|
|FMMM||150px||613||Tarik Ben Ziyad||2011||Sigma 10513 Version|
|614||Sultan Moulay Ismail||2012||Sigma 9813 Version.|
|615||Allal Ben Abdellah||2012||Sigma 9813 Version.|
|Descubierta Class||501||Lieutenant-Colonel Errahmani||1983||It will be replaced by the FREMM |
|Offshore patrol vessels|
|322||Raïs Al Mounastiri||1997|
|Osprey 55 class||308||El Lahiq||1987|
|Lazaga Class||304||El Khattabi||1981|
|306||Commandant El Harty||1982|
|Cormoran Class||310||Lieutenant De Vaisseau Rabhi||1988|
Amphibious and auxiliary vessels
|BATRAL LST||402||Daoud Ben Aicha||1977|
|403||Ahmed Es Sakali||1977|
|404||Abou Abdallah El Ayachi||1978|
|Ad Dakhla CLS||408||Daoud Ben Aicha||1997||coastal logistics ship|
|Hydrographic research boat||H-01||H-01||2011||Used to chart the underwater coastal area.|
|Robert D. Conrad class||802||Abou Barakat Albarbari||1993||Oceanographic research ship. Ex-T-AGOR-13|
|BBP||803||BBP||Submariner Training Ship.|
Inshore patrol vessels
- El Wacil ( 203 )
- El Jail ( 204 )
- El Mikdam ( 205 )
- El Khafir ( 206 )
- El Haris ( 207 )
- Essahir ( 208 )
- Erraid ( 209 )
- Erraced ( 210 )
- El Kaced ( 211 )
- Essaid ( 212 )
- VCSM/RPB 20 (107-116)
- Rodman-101 (131-139)
- Arcor-46 (D01-D18) In Service with Moroccan Customs
- 15 Arcor-53 In Service with Moroccan Gendarmerie
- 2 Griffon 500TD hovercraft In service with Moroccan Gendarmerie
- 10 Rodman-55
- 10 Arcor-17
|Maritime patrol aircraft|
|Britten-Norman Defender||Maritime patrol aircraft||14||Operated by the Royal Moroccan Air Force|
|Eurocopter AS565 MA||Naval Military utility||3|
- Abdellah Ben Aïcha, admiral of Salé, ambassador to king Louis XIV of France in 1689.
- Abdelkader Perez, ambassador to England in 1723 and again in 1737.
- Abdellah Ben Soleïman, commander of the Almohad fleet under sultan [Abd al-Mu'min]
- Abdellah Ben Taâ Allah, commander of the Almohad fleet under Muhammad an-Nasir and governor of Majorca
- Corsair Triki of Salé, 17th century.
- Baker III, A. D. (1998). Combat Fleets of the World 1998-1999. Annapolis, Maryland: Naval Institute Press. ISBN 1-55750-111-4.
- André, Charles-André (1994). Histoire de l'Afrique du Nord. Paris: Payot. p. 866. ISBN 978-2-228-88789-2.
- "FREMM Frigate starts sea trials for delivery to Morocco in 2013". April 19, 2013. http://defenseupdates.blogspot.com/2013/04/fremm-frigate-starts-sea-trials-for.html.
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