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United Arab Emirates Navy
Founded 1971
Country United Arab Emirates
Size 2,500 personnel[1]
Garrison/HQ Abu Dhabi
Insignia
Ensign Ensign of the United Arab Emirates Navy

Mubarraz (P141) takes part in the international IMCMEX 13 exercise

The United Arab Emirates Navy is small force of about 2,500 personnel. It maintains 12 well-equipped coastal patrol boats and eight missile boats. Although primarily concerned with coastal defense, the Navy is constructing a six-unit class of blue water corvettes in conjunction with French shipbuilder CMN.[2] The UAE maintains a small battalion-sized marine force called the UAE Marines equipped with BMP-3 armoured personnel carriers.

Swedish shipbuilder Swede Ship Marine have built four 24 m Amphibious Troop Transport Vessel and one 25 m Fast Supply Vessel for the U.A.E Navy (delivered between 2003 and 2005).[3] Three additional vessels are being built by Swede Ship Marine for the U.A.E Navy (see Future Navy).

Equipment

Vessels

  • 3 Abu-Dhabi class corvettes: Abu Dhabi, Ghantut and Salalah - 1,650 tons, 88.40 meters length - 4 x MM40 Block 3 Exocet anti-ship missiles, 1x Otobreda 76 mm Super Rapid gun, 2 x remote controlled 30mm guns.[4][5][6][7]
  • 6 Baynunah corvettes - 930 tons - 8 x MM40 Block 3 Exocet anti-ship missiles, 8 RIM-162C ESSM, 8 RAM SAM, 1x Otobreda 76 mm Super Rapid gun, 1 AS-565 helo[8]
  • 2 Muray-Jib (Lürssen 62) corvettes - 630 tons full load / 63 meters length - 8 MM-40 SSM, 1X8 Crotale SAM - 1x76mm and 1x30mm gun — commissioned 1990-1 - SA 316 Helicopter [9]
  • 6 Ban-Yas (Lürssen TNC-45)TNC 45 fast attack craft - 260 tons full load / 44.9 meters length - 4 MM-40 Block III SSM - 1x76mm and 2x40mm guns — commissioned 1980-1 - will be upgraded to Mubarraz class
  • 2 Mubarraz class fast attack craft - 260 tons full load / 44.9 meters length - 4 MM-40 SSM - 1x6 Mistral SAM - 1x76mm and 2x40mm guns — commissioned 1990
  • 6 Ardhana class patrol craft - 175 tons full load — commissioned 1975-6
  • 20 patrol boats fast 4 tons
  • 2 Type-332 Frankenthal class minehunter MHC
  • 7 LCT landing craft tank
  • 5 LCU Landing Craft Utility
  • 4 LCP
  • 12 Ghannatha Phase I class fast attack landing crafts — will be upgraded to Gnannatha Phase II class [10]
  • 4 other ships

Future Navy

Till 2014 will be commissioned 12 Ghannatha Phase II class fast missile landing crafts. First unit was be launched in July 2012.[11] Other 12 will be upgraded from Ghannatha Phase I class [12]

4 Falaj 2 class patrol vessel on order, 2 being fitted out - 550tons - 2 MM-40 Exocets - 6 Mica VL SAM

One 26 m Offshore Patrol Vessel, one 24 m Amphibious Troop Transport Vessel and one 24 m Patrol Vessel is under construction for the U.A.E Navy.[13]

See also

References

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