Royal Moroccan Navy

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Royal Morrocan Navy (English)
القوات البحرية الملكية المغربية (Arabic)
Adwas Ageldan n Yilel (Berber)
Marine royale (French)
Moroccan Navy Force.png
Moroccan Royal Navy Seal
Active 1960 - Present
Country  Morocco
Allegiance Kingdom of Morocco
Branch Navy
Type Navy
Size 7,800 personnel (includes 1,500 Marines)
Part of Administration of Defence إدارة الدفاع
Headquarters Rabat-Salé
Anniversaries April 1st (foundation)
Equipment 89 vessels 17 aircraft
Commanders
Inspector General of the Navy RADM Mohammed Laghmari
Commander-in-Chief King Mohammed VI
Insignia
Naval Ensign Naval Ensign of Morocco.svg
Naval Jack Naval Jack of Morocco.svg
Aircraft flown
Helicopter AS565 Panther

The Royal Navy of Morocco (Arabic: القوات البحرية الملكية المغربية‎, Berber: Adwas Ageldan n Yilel, French: Marine royale) is a branch of the military of Morocco responsible of conducting naval operations. The Royal Moroccan Navy is administratively managed by the Administration of Defence, which is (de facto) commanded by King Mohammed VI, the commander-in-chief of the Moroccan Armed Forces.

Mission[edit]

The Royal Moroccan Navy is part of the Moroccan Armed Forces. Its mission includes the protection of Moroccan territory and sovereignty, as well as the control of Morocco's 81,000 square nautical mile Exclusive Economic Zone. Given Morocco's significant coastline (2,952 km) and strategic position oversseing the strait of Gibraltar, it (with Spain and the United Kingdom) is deeply involved in the security of this important international waterway.

History[edit]

The history of the modern Royal Moroccan Navy begins in 1960 with its foundation by King Mohammed V. The first Admiral of the modern Moroccan Navy was Vice Admiral Mohammed Triki, who held the position as the Commander in Chief of the Royal Moroccan Navy for 14 years and devoted 46 years of services to the Moroccan Navy. Vice Admiral Triki was awarded the following Decorations: (From Morocco) Legion of the Order of Commander, Knight of the Order of the Throne by his majesty King Hassan II; (From France) Legion of Honor by President Jacques Chirac; (From USA) Legion of Merit by president Bill Clinton; (From Spain) Legion of Merit. Although the modern Royal Navy was structured following Independence, the Moroccan naval military traces its roots back to the 11th century, with the rise of the Almoravid dynasty, and its ambition for naval hegemony in the Mediterranean Sea. Admiral Abdullah Ben Meimoun is credited for being the first commander of the Almoravid dynasty organized naval forces. With the Almohad dynasty taking over most of northern Africa, together with Al-Andalus, the Almohad dynasty navy would soon become the "first fleet of the Mediterranean".[1] At its peak, the Almohad navy's military reputation was well known, inciting Ayyubid dynasty Egypt and Saladin to seek its help in preventing Crusades expeditions. The 16th century saw the starting decline of the Moroccan state and consequently the navy that served it. The capture of major coastal cities and locations by Spain and Portugal much affected Morocco's naval capabilities. Later on, under pressure from a coalition of European powers, Sultan Slimane dismantled the last remanents of the Moroccan Navy.

Bases[edit]

The main bases of the Royal Moroccan Navy are located in :

Equipment[edit]

Warships[edit]

Class Photo No. Ship Year
Commissioned
Note
Frigates (6)
FREMM Frigate FREMM Mohammed VI - Lorient 2013-05.JPG 701 Mohammed VI 2014 ASW Version.[2]
FMMM Kri-diponegoro-1600-1200.jpg 613 Tarik Ben Ziyad 2011 Sigma 10513 Version
614 Sultan Moulay Ismail 2012 Sigma 9813 Version.
615 Allal Ben Abdellah 2012 Sigma 9813 Version.
Floréal US Navy 050405-N-3557N-112 The Moroccan Navy Floreal-class frigates, Muhammed V (FFGHM 611) and Hassan II (FFGHM 612) conduct maneuvers with the ships assigned to the USS Kearsarge (LHD 3) Expeditionary Strike Group.jpg 611 Mohammed V 2002
612 Hassan II 2003
Corvettes (1)
Descubierta Class Descubierta class "Lieutenant Colonel Errahmani" 501 Lieutenant-Colonel Errahmani 1983 It will be replaced by the FREMM [3]
Patrol boats (22)
OPV-70 341 Bir Anzaran 341 Bir Anzaran 2011
OPV-64 322 Raïs Al Mounastiri. 318 Raïs Bargach 1995
319 Raïs Britel 1996
320 Raïs Charkaoui 1996
321 Raïs Maaninou 1997
322 Raïs Al Mounastiri 1997
Osprey 55 class 20080702-Faliron P-19 HS Navmachos.jpg 308 El Lahiq 1987
309 El Tawfiq 1988
316 El Hamiss 1990
317 El Karib 1990
Lazaga Class 307 Commandant Azouggarh, 2010.jpg 304 El Khattabi 1981
305 Commandant Boutouba 1981
306 Commandant El Harty 1982
307 Commandant Azouggarh 1982
Cormoran Class 310 Lieutenant De Vaisseau Rabhi 1988
311 Errachiq 1988
312 El Akid 1989
313 El Maher 1989
314 El Majid 1989
315 El Bachir 1989
PR-72 Class US Navy 060821-N-5191L-002 The Peruvian ship BAP Herrera (CM 24) transit under the Bridge of the Americas as it prepares to participate in PANAMAX 2006.jpg 302 Okba 1976
303 Triki 1977

Amphibious and auxiliary vessels[edit]

Class Photo No. Ship Year
Commissioned
Note
Amphibious ships
BATRAL LST 404 Abou Abdallah El Ayachi.JPG 402 Daoud Ben Aicha 1977
403 Ahmed Es Sakali 1977
404 Abou Abdallah El Ayachi 1978
Support ships
Ad Dakhla CLS 408 Daoud Ben Aicha 1997 coastal logistics ship
Hydrographic research boat H-01 H-01 2011 Used to chart the underwater coastal area.
BBP 803 BBP Submariner Training Ship.

Inshore patrol vessels[edit]

  • P-32
    • El Wacil ( 203 )
    • El Jail ( 204 )
    • El Mikdam ( 205 )
    • El Khafir ( 206 )
    • El Haris ( 207 )
    • Essahir ( 208 )
    • Erraid ( 209 )
    • Erraced ( 210 )
    • El Kaced ( 211 )
    • Essaid ( 212 )
  • VCSM/RPB 20 (107-116)
  • Rodman-101 (131-139)
  • Arcor-46 (D01-D18) In Service with Moroccan Customs
  • 15 Arcor-53 In Service with Moroccan Gendarmerie
  • 2 Griffon 500TD hovercraft In service with Moroccan Gendarmerie
  • 10 Rodman-55
  • 10 Arcor-17

Aircraft[edit]

Aircraft Photo Origin Mission In Service Note
Maritime Patrol Aircraft
Britten-Norman Defender ZH002 Britten-Norman Defender AL.2.jpg  United Kingdom Maritime patrol aircraft 14 Operated by the Royal Moroccan Air Force
Helicopters
Eurocopter AS565 MA Moroccan HH-65A Dolphin helicopter. dropping a search and rescue swimmer.jpg  France Naval Military utility 3 Operated by the Royal Moroccan Navy

Notable sailors[edit]

Abdelkader Perez, Admiral and an ambassador to England in 1723.
  • Abdellah Ben Aïcha, admiral of Salé, ambassador to king Louis XIV of France in 1689.
  • Abdelkader Perez, ambassador to England in 1723 and again in 1737.
  • Abdellah Ben Soleïman, commander of the Almohad fleet under sultan [Abd al-Mu'min]
  • Abdellah Ben Taâ Allah, commander of the Almohad fleet under Muhammad an-Nasir and governor of Majorca
  • Corsair Triki of Salé, 17th century.
  • Vice Admiral Mohammed Triki of Safi, Commander in Chief of the Royal Moroccan Navy from 1991 to 2005.

Gallery[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  • Baker III, A. D. (1998). Combat Fleets of the World 1998-1999. Annapolis, Maryland: Naval Institute Press. ISBN 1-55750-111-4. 
  1. ^ André, Charles-André (1994). Histoire de l'Afrique du Nord. Paris: Payot. p. 866. ISBN 978-2-228-88789-2. 
  2. ^ "DCNS delivers multimission frigate Mohammed VI to Royal Moroccan Navy". January 30, 2014. 
  3. ^ [1]