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Ukrainian Naval Aviation
Морська Авіація
Founded April 5, 1992
Country Ukraine
Branch Navy
Type Aviation
Role Fleet reconnaissance, patrolling coasts for enemy ships and submarines
Size 2,500
Garrison/HQ Ochakiv Mykolaiv Oblast Ukraine
Colonel Oleh Zahurskyi
Ukrainian Navy Ensign Naval Ensign of Ukraine.svg
Roundel Roundel of the Ukrainian Naval Aviation.svg
Fin flash Lesser Coat of Arms of Ukraine.svg
Aircraft flown
Bomber Be-12
Patrol Ka-27
Trainer An-2
Transport An-12, An-24, An-26, Mi-8, Mi-14PL

The Ukrainian Naval Aviation (Ukrainian language: Морська Авіація , Morska Aviatsiya) is a component of the Ukrainian Navy.

During the breakup of the Soviet Union, significant portions of the Soviet Naval Aviation were based in Ukraine, which were intended to support the Black Sea Fleet. These forces included the 2nd Guards Maritime Missile Aviation Division (Gvardeyskoye, Crimean Oblast), with three regiments of maritime attack Tu-22M2s (5th, 124th at Gvardeskoye, Crimean Oblast and the 943rd at Oktyabrskoye?), and the 30th independent Maritime Reconnaissance Aviation Regiment (Saki-Novofedorovka, Crimean Oblast) of Tu-22Ps.[1]

In the second half of 1997, when Ukraine and Russia finally agreed on how to split the Black Fleet, Ukraine received 12 planes and 30 helicopters, including Su-33s[Clarification needed] and some Su-25UTG [2]


All of the aircraft are organized into 1 Naval Aviation brigade:[3]

  • Fixed Wing Squadron
  • Rotary-Wing Squadron

One of the Kamov Ka-27 helicopters is stationed on the Hetman Sahaidachnyi (a Krivak III-class frigate). The frigate can however carry a maximum of two helicopters.


  • Colonel Yuriy Moskal'ov - Commander[4]
  • Colonel Anatoliy Buh - 2nd Commander of the Aviation brigade[5]
  • Colonel Oleh Zahurskyi- 3rd Commander of the Aviation Brigade[6]

Aircraft inventory

A Ukrainian Naval Aviation Ka-27 preparing for take off from the USS Taylor

Aircraft Origin Type Versions In service Notes
Antonov An-2 Colt  Soviet Union Transport An-2 1
Antonov An-12 Cub  Soviet Union Transport An-12 0
Antonov An-24 Coke  Soviet Union Transport An-24 1
Antonov An-26 Curl  Soviet Union Transport An-26 2
Beriev Be-12 Mail  Soviet Union Amphibious anti-submarine / patrol aircraft. Be-12 4
Kamov Ka-27 Helix  Soviet Union anti-submarine/SAR Helicopter Ka-27PL/PS 16
Kamov Ka-29  Soviet Union Assault transport helicopter Ka-29 16
Mil Mi-8 Hip  Soviet Union Transport Helicopter Mi-8 8
Mil Mi-14 Haze  Soviet Union Amphibious anti-submarine Helicopter Mi-14PL 14


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