Military of São Tomé and Príncipe
The island nation of São Tomé and Príncipe off the coast of West Africa Armed Forces of Sao Tome and Principe (Forcas Armadas de Sao Tome e Principe, FASTP) maintains a very small military, consisting of four branches: Army, Coast Guard of Sao Tome e Principe (Guarda Costeira de Sao Tome e Principe, GCSTP; also called "Navy"), Presidential Guard (2013), and the National Guard. In the 2005 fiscal year, military expenditures were $581,729, about 0.8% of São Tomé and Príncipe's gross domestic product.
A 2004 estimate put military manpower availability (males age 15-49) at 38,347, with a "fit for military service" estimate of 20,188.
Sao Tome and Principe's army is a tiny force with almost no resources at its disposal and would be wholly ineffective operating unilaterally; infantry equipment is considered simple to operate and maintain but may require refurbishment or replacement after 25 years in tropical climates; poor pay, working conditions, and alleged nepotism in the promotion of officers have been problems in the past, as reflected in the 1995 and 2003 coups; these issues are being addressed with foreign assistance aimed at improving the army and its focus on realistic security concerns; command is exercised from the president, through the Minister of Defense, to the Chief of the Armed Forces staff (2005) 
Anti Aircraft artillery
Anti Armor Weapon
- 42-foot Archangel-Class Fast Response Boat
- 27-foot Boston Whaler Challenger (8.2 m) inshore patrol vessel
- Zodiac Hurricane Rigid Hull Inflatable Boats
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