Ukrainian Sea Guard

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Ukrainian Sea Guard
Ukrainian Sea Guard riverboat on the Dnieper River patrolling the border with Belarus.

Ukrainian Sea Guard (Ukrainian: Морська охорона, Mors’ka Okhorona; full name Морська охорона Державної прикордонної служби України, Sea Guard of the State Border Guard Service of Ukraine) is the coast guard service of Ukraine, subordinated to its Border Guard Service.[1]

Sea Guard vessels bear the Морська охорона inscription on their boards.

Ukrainian Sea Guard is the local successor of the Soviet Border Troops Naval Units that have been similarly responsible for coast guard tasks. However, there were some interchanges in units, ships and personnel between Sea Guard and the Ukrainian Navy.

Service persons of the Sea Guard wear either the black uniform similar to Ukrainian Navy, but decorated with some green elements (traditional for border guard), or a common uniform of the Border Guard.

Organization[edit]

BG116 in Balaklava

The Sea Guard operates four sea guard detachments: in Balaklava, Odessa, Izmail and Kerch; a sea guard cutters division in Mariupol; a special-purpose sea guard cutters division in Yalta; and a riverine Dnieper sea guard cutters division in Kiev. Sea guard administration is split between the Azov-Black seas regional administration in Simferopol and the Southern regional administration in Odessa.

Squads of Marine Security[edit]

  • Kerch Squad of Marine Security (from the Cape of Mehanom across the strait of Kerch and the Sea of Azov to administrative border between Zaporizhia and Donetsk regions)
  • Yalta Squad of Marine Security (special assignment)
  • Sevastopol Squad of Marine Security (Main base in Balaklava)
  • Odessa Squad of Marine Security (Southern regional administration)

Sea Guard ships[edit]

Major vessels, list is incomplete.

Class Photo Type Ships Origin Commissioned Note
Main warships (3 in service)
Pauk Pauk 1 BG52 Balaklava.jpg Anti-submarine corvettes BG-50 Hryhoriy Kuropyatnykov
BG-51 Poltava
BG-52 Hryhoriy Hnatenko
 Soviet Union 1984
1987
1987
Fast attack crafts (23 in service)
Muravey Patrol boats BG-55 Halychyna  Soviet Union
Stenka BG57 Patrol boat 2012 G2.jpg Patrol boats BG-30 Heroyi Kerchi
BG-31 Bukovyna
BG-32 Donbas
BG-57 Mykolaiv
BG-60 Odesa
BG-63 Pavlo Derzhavin
 Soviet Union Unlisted: Volyn (BG56), Zakarpattia (BG61)
Shmel Patrol boats BG-81 Lubny
BG-82 Kaniv
BG-83 Nizhyn
BG-84 Izmayil
 Soviet Union 1972
1971
1968
1969
Zhuk U120 Skadovsk.JPG Patrol boats BG-100 508
BG-101 525
BG-102 Obolon
BG-103 511
BG-104 512
BG-108 517
BG-110 Liubomyr
BG-115 523
BG-116 Darnytsia
BG-117 Vatutinets
BG-118 Arabat
 Soviet Union BG 118 Arabat was one of two Sea Guard vessels destroyed/sunk on the 31st of August, 2014 by pro-Russian forces; In the case of the Arabat, by tank fire from the shore near Mariupol. Video footage shows the burning hulk remained afloat for at least a short time after the attack, but she can be considered a total loss.
Gurzuf Balaklava 91.jpg Patrol boats BG-53 Lviv
BG-54 Kryvyi Rih
 Soviet Union 1986
1987
Grafinau Patrol boats BG-80 Dunai  Nazi Germany 1940
Chaika Patrol boats BG-01 Krym  Soviet Union 1981
Orlan Patrol boats BG-10  Ukraine 8 on order [2]

Future[edit]

From 2012 to 2014 there were, plans are to build 39 small guard ships of different classes, including 6 Korall-class and 8 Orlan-class ships. From 2015 onward, there are plans to build a multipurpose guard ship, with displacement around 1000 tons, which can carry one helicopter.[2][3]

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