Kuwaiti Navy

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Kuwait Naval Force
Kuwait naval force.jpg
Active 1961; 54 years ago (1961)
Country  Kuwait
Branch Kuwait Armed Forces
Type Navy
Size Approx. 2200 personnel
Part of Kuwaiti Armed Forces
Garrison/HQ Mohammed Al-Ahmad Kuwait Naval Base
Nickname His Highness Sea Vanguard

الشرف والإخلاص لله والوطن والامير

( Honor & Fidelity to God, Country & The Emir)
Colors Green & Red
Anniversaries National and Liberation Day (25 and 26 February)
Commander Cdre Jassim Al Ansari
Vice Commander Cdre Mansoor Al Masaad
La Combattante-class fast-attack-craft Al Fahaheel (P3721) in May 2013

The Kuwaiti Navy, or Kuwait Naval Force (Arabic: القوة البحرية الكويتية), is the sea-based component of the Military of Kuwait. The headquarters and sole naval base is Mohammed Al-Ahmad Kuwait Naval Base. The Kuwait Naval Force consists of over 2,200 officers and enlisted personnel, excluding approximately 500 coast guard; which are part of General Department of the Coast Guard under the Border Security Directorate of the Kuwait Ministry of Interior.[1][2] The Kuwaiti Navy includes a tier one special forces unit; the Kuwait commandos marine which operates in parallel with the Kuwait 25th Commando Brigade of the Kuwaiti Army and the Special Forces Directorate of the Kuwait Ministry of Interior.[3]


Kuwait's Navy was established in 1961[4] shortly after Britain ended the country's protectorate status and Kuwait became fully independent.

During the Invasion of Kuwait, and the Persian Gulf War, Kuwait's navy was almost completely destroyed.[5][6] At the start of the invasion, Iraqi forces captured 6 Kuwait missile boats armed with Exocet missiles[7] and Kuwait also lost 17 other ships during the war.

The capture of the Exocets raised fears that Iraq might use them against coalition forces during the Gulf War. Iraq did not; and the captured vessels were all heavily damaged or sunk by coalition forces. During the war, two Lürssen fast attack craft evaded Iraqi capture and went on to help retake Kuwaiti coastal islands and oil platforms.[citation needed]

On 11 November 2008, Kuwait Naval Base was the location of the historic signing of the non-legally binding maritime Khawr Abd Allah Protocols otherwise known as the KAA Protocols. The signing of the KAA Protocols by the then respective heads of the Kuwaiti Naval Force and the Iraqi Navy was the first formal and successful maritime bilateral military agreement for the co-ordinated and de-conflicted use of the Khawr Abd Allah waterway since before the 1991 Persian Gulf War. The protocols were developed and mediated by Major David Hammond RM, a British Royal Navy barrister in 2008 and they were subsequently ratified by both the Kuwaiti and Iraqi governments before the 11 November 2008 signing. They were subsequently reported to the US Congress within the December 2008 'Measuring Stability and Security in Iraq' report and the text of which have since become public knowledge following leaks in US diplomatic notes.[8]

Present Fleet[edit]

Personnel year 2008: 2,700 (includes 500 coast guard)

  • 1 TNC-45 fast attack craft (Al Snbouk class) - 255 tons full load - 4 MM-40 SSM - commissioned 1984
  • 8 Combattante BR-42 fast attack craft (Umm Al Maradem class) - 245 tons full load - 4 Sea Skua SSM - commissioned 1999-2000
  • 1 FPB 57 fast attack craft (Al Estqlaal class) - 410 tons full load - 4 MM-40 SSM - commissioned 1983
  • 1 support ship (Durrar class)
  • 15 RHIB (Rigid Inflatable Boat) Special Operations Patrol Boats 2 x .50 Cal, 10 meters.
  • 10 Sea Ark Special Operations Patrol Boats 4 x .50cal. 11 meters. 5 additional boats on order.
  • 2 Harbour Tugs.
  • 1 LCM Landing Craft
  • 1 HSV (Hydrographic Support Vessel)
  • 6 (of 10) Mk 5 Fast Patrol Craft

Future ships[edit]

  • 1 DSV (Diving Support Vessel)

Landing craft, the procurement programme for the Kuwait Navy included the acquisition of two 64m landing craft, one 42m landing craft and five 16m composite landing craft; all will be built at ADSB’s facilities in the Mussafah industrial area(UAE)[9]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ [1] Official Website Sector of the General Department of the Coast Guard, Kuwait Ministry of Interior, (in Arabic)
  2. ^ Naval forces: over 2,700 people (including 500 in coastguard)
  3. ^ [2], Kuwaiti Ministry of Defense,(Section Arabic Read, Kuwait Armed Forces/الجيش الكويتي)
  4. ^ "Kuwait - Regional and National Security Considerations". Country Studies. Retrieved 17 November 2010. 
  5. ^ "?". CNN. [dead link]
  6. ^ "Kuwait Navy". 
  7. ^ "Saddam's Navy". Globalsecurity.org. Retrieved 17 November 2010. 
  9. ^ http://www.ihs.com/events/exhibitions/idex-2013/news/feb-21/Landing-craft-success-in-Kuwait.aspx


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