Open main menu

Kazakh Naval Forces

  (Redirected from Kazakh Navy)

The Kazakh Naval Forces (Kazakh: Қазақстан Республикасы әскери-теңіз күштері, Qazaqstan Respýblıkasy áskerı-teńiz kúshteri; 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.

Kazakh Naval Forces
Emblem-vmsrk.svg
Kazakh naval emblem
Founded2 April 1993 (1993-04-02)
Country Kazakhstan
BranchFlag of Armed Forces of the Republic of Kazakhstan.gif Armed Forces of the Republic of Kazakhstan
TypeNational naval force, green water navy
RoleNaval warfare and defense
Size3,000 sailors and 14 patrol boats
Part ofMinistry of Defense of Kazakhstan
HeadquartersAktau, Mangystau Region
Colors                    Yellow, blue, black, and white
AnniversariesApril 2
May 7
Commanders
Supreme Commander-in-chiefKassym-Jomart Tokayev (Acting)
Commander of the NavyCaptain 1st rank Saken Bekzhanov[1]
Chief of StaffCaptain 1st rank Marat Janaev
Deputy CommanderCaptain 1st rank Yermek Baygabulov
Deputy CommanderColonel Yerbol Begildayev
Notable
commanders
Rear Adm. Ratmir Komratov
Insignia
Naval ensignNaval Ensign of Kazakhstan.svg
Naval ensign of the Border ServiceNaval Ensign of Kazakhstan Border Service.png
Naval jack of KazakhstanNaval Jack of Kazakhstan.svg

Contents

HistoryEdit

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]

StructureEdit

 
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
  • Aktau Naval Academy (closed in 2011)

Naval EquipmentEdit

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]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Капитан 1 ранга Бекжанов Сакен Мансурович".
  2. ^ "Military Balance in Europe 2011".
  3. ^ "Основная информация | Военно-морские силы | Вооруженные силы РК | Структура | Министерство обороны Республики Казахстан (МО РК)".
  4. ^ "Казахстанский военный сайт - Военно-морской флот Казахстана: ВМС МО РК и БОХР ПС КНБ РК".
  5. ^ "Министерство обороны Республики Казахстан (МО РК)". mod.gov.kz. Retrieved 8 October 2015.
  6. ^ "Kazakhstan Navy Unveils Its First Ship". EurasiaNet.org. Retrieved 14 December 2014.
  7. ^ a b c Trade Registers. Armstrade.sipri.org. Retrieved on 29 May 2015
  8. ^ http://www.janes.com/article/71122/kazakh-navy-commissions-first-project-10750e-minesweeper
  9. ^ {{https://en.tengrinews.kz/military/Kazakhstan-to-buy-two-mine-hunters-from-Russia-20807/ Use of the Tengrinews English materials must be accompanied by a hyperlink to en.Tengrinews.kz}}
  10. ^ Pike, John. "Kazakhstan Navy". www.globalsecurity.org.
  11. ^ "Kazakh naval vessels participate in 2017 Sea Cup in Azerbaijan - The Astana Times". 8 August 2017.
  12. ^ "Military Balance in Asia 2011"., March 07, 2011, page 55-56