Algerian National Navy

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Algerian National Navy
القوات البحرية الجزائرية
Active January 2, 1962 – Present
Country  Algeria
Branch Navy
Size 6000 personnel [1]
Garrison/HQ L'AMIRAUTE, Algiers
Anniversaries February 2, 1967
Equipment 28 vessels, 10 helicopters
Malek Necib
Naval Ensign Naval Ensign of Algeria.svg
Naval Jack Naval Jack of Algeria.svg
Soldiers parade in the Algerian Navy .

The Algerian National Navy (ANN; Arabic: القوات البحرية الجزائرية‎) is the naval branch of the Military of Algeria. The navy operates from multiple bases along the country's nearly 1,000 km (620 mi) coastline, fulfilling its primary role of monitoring and defending Algeria's territorial waters against all foreign military or economic intrusion. Additional missions include coast guard and maritime safety missions as well a projection of marine forces (fusillers marins). Algerian forces are an important player in the Western Mediterranean.

As with other Algerian military branches, the navy was built and structured with assistance from the Soviet Union during the Cold War, but has also relied on other sources for equipment in some areas. Since the end of the Cold War, Russia has remained an important partner, but Algeria has increasingly sought additional sources for equipment as well as building its own shipbuilding capacity.


Principal naval bases are located at Algiers, Annaba, Mers el-Kebir, Oran, jijel and Tamentfoust. Mers el Kébir is home to the OMCN/CNE shipbuilding facilities where several Algerian vessels have been built. Algeria's naval academy at Tamentfoust provides officer training equivalent to that of the army and the air force academies. The navy also operates a technical training school for its personnel at Tamentfoust.


The bulk of the Algerian Navy is still based on Cold War designs, although work is being done to both acquire new platforms as well as modernize existing equipment. The surface fleet is equipped with a mixture of smaller ships well suited to coastal and Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) patrol work. The fleet is led by three Koni class frigates which have been updated with more modern systems. These are due to be augmented in the coming years by a pair of MEKO A-200 frigates which will represent the most modern equipment of the navy when they enter service, also, Algeria signed a contract with China Shipbuilding Trading Company for the construction of three light frigates about 2,800 tons full load. A mixture of six corvettes and off-shore patrol vessels complement the frigates, while a large number of smaller boats cover the role of coastal patrol. Algeria had maintained a relatively large fleet of Osa class fast attack craft by the end of the Cold War, but it is questionable whether any of these remain in operational use.

Algeria has had a small submarine presence in the Mediterranean with a pair of Kilo class patrol submarines, though the recent acquisition of an additional two upgraded boats will expand this presence significantly. Their amphibious warfare capacity has traditionally been limited with a small group of landing ships essentially for coastal transport roles. This capacity will be greatly upgraded with the planned acquisition of an amphibious transport dock capable of supporting more robust operations. In the area of civil support, the purchase of seagoing rescue tugs will mark the first ability of an African nation to provide valuable services to economic and commercial operators in the Western Mediterranean.

The Algerian military has long maintained a strong veil of secrecy over its organization and equipment, making an exact accounting of operational vessels difficult to ascertain. Open sources are known to vary widely in their reports of several aspects of Algerian equipment.


Class Photo No. Ship Year
Kilo Class 636M Messli el Hadj 021 2016 [2][3]


2016 [2][3]


Kilo Class 636M Akram Pacha 022 021 Messali el Hadj 2010 Project 636M 'Improved Kilo' submarine built by Admiralty Shipyard in Saint Petersburg, Russia
022 Akram Pacha 2010 Project 636M 'Improved Kilo' submarine built by Admiralty Shipyard in Saint Petersburg, Russia
Kilo Class 877EKM Rais Hadi Mubarek 012 Rais Hadi Mubarek 1987 Project 877EKM Paltus (Kilo) submarines built in Admiralty Shipyard in Saint Petersburg
013 El Hadj Slimane 1988

Amphibious warfare vessels[edit]

Class Photo No. Ship Displacement Year
Amphibious transport dock (1+1option)
Kalaat Béni Abbès Class 474 Kalaat Béni Abbès 9,000 tonnes 2015 Improved San Giorgio, Ordered in 2011(+1 in option)[7][8][9]'
Landing Ships (2)
Kalaat Beni Hammed 472 Kalaat Beni Hammed 2,450 tonnes 1984 Built by Brooke Marine in Lowestoft, UK
473 Kalaat Beni Rached 2,450 tonnes 1984 Built by Vosper Thornycroft in Woolston, UK

Surface combatants[edit]

Class Photo No. Ship Displacement Year
MEKO A200 MekoA200-Algeria.jpg 910 3,700 tonns 2015-2016 [10][11]
911 2015-2016
C28A C28A.jpg 920 ADHAFER 2,800 tonns 2015 in Service[12][13]
921 2015
922 2015
Koni-class frigate 901 Mourad Rais 901 Mourad Rais 1,440 tonns 1980 Ex-Soviet SKR-482, re-fitted in 2011 at Kronshtadt
902 Rais Kellich 1982 Ex-Soviet SKR-35, currently being re-fitted at Kronshtadt
903 Rais Korfo 1985 Ex-Soviet SKR-129, re-fitted in 2000 at Kronshtadt, believed to have suffered an explosion 07 Dec 2015 while under overhaul at Kronstadt
Project 20382 "Tigr" corvette [14][15] Corvette Steregushchiy.jpg 2014-2015 Under construction.
2014-2015 Under construction.
Nanuchka-class corvette[16] 802 Salah Rais 801 Rais Hamidou[17] 660 tonns 1980 Ex-Soviet MRK-21, Project 1234E built by Vympel Shipyards in Rybinsk, Russia
802 Salah Rais 1981 Ex-Soviet MRK-23, Project 1234E built by Vympel Shipyards in Rybinsk,
803 Rais Ali 1982 Ex-Soviet MRK-22, Project 1234E built by Vympel Shipyards in Rybinsk,
Djebel Chenoua Class corvette 353 El Kirch 351 Djebel Chenoua 540 tonns 1988 . Built by OMCN / CNE in Mers-el-Kebir, Algeria.
352 El Chihab 1995
353 El Kirch 2002
Patrol Boats
Osa II class missile boat 644 1978
645 1978
646 1978
647 1978
648 1978
649 1978
650 1978
651 1978
Kebir class patrol boat 341 El Yadekh 1982 Built by Brooke Marine
342 El Morakeb 1983
343 El Kechef 1984
344 El Moutarid 1985 Built by ONCM / CNE at Mers el-Kebir in Algeria
345 El Rassed 1985
346 El Djari 1985
347 El Saher 1993
348 El Moukadem 1993
349 El Wafi 1993
FPB98 MKI Ocea class patrol boat [18][19] 334 Denebi 2008-2011
336 Al Kaid 2008-2011

Fleet auxiliaries[edit]

Class Photo No. Ship Displacement Year
Survey ship
El Idrissi 673 El Idrissi 540 tonnes 1980 Ship built by Matsukara Zosen in Hirao, Japan
Training ship
Soummam Soummam 937 Soummam 5,500 tonnes 2006 5500 tons (full load)
Salvage ship
El Mourafik 261 El Mourafik 600 tonnes 1990 Built in China
High Seas Tow Vessel
El Mounjid 701 El Mounjid 3,200 tonnes 2012 The Ships are type UT 515 CD built in Norway and Motorization buy Rolls-Royce.
702 El Moussif 3,200 tonnes 2012
703 El Moussanid 3,200 tonnes 2012


Aircraft Mission In Service


Note[citation needed]
AgustaWestland AW101 Search and rescue 6 Ordered in 2007, in service by 2011
AgustaWestland AW139 Search and rescue 8 Ordered in 2010, in service by 2014
Super Lynx Mk.130 Search and rescue 4 In service 2011.
Super Lynx Mk.140 ASW 6 ordered in 2012[21]
Ka-32T Maritime utility transport, search and rescue helicopter 5 In service 1996.[22]


Algerian Sailors conduct Maritime Interdiction Operations (MIO).

The Navy is upgrading itself with thefollowing technological developments. The existing units were modernized, the submarine force strengthened by two new Kilo class submarines(last generation).[23]

  • three corvettes C28A. Radar and electronic equipment will be supplied by Thales, and mounted in Algeria. They will be built at Hudong Zhonghua Shipyard.[24][25][26]
  • 21 units of the type FPB98 MKI Ocea -patrol boat- [18][19]
  • 12 units of Alusafe 2000 high speed rescue and patrol vessel [27]




Anti-ship Missiles[edit]

Air to ground Missiles[edit]

  • Mokopa - the Algerian Navy's six new Super Lynx 300-series helicopters are conducting flight tests armed with Mokopa anti-armour missiles.
  • Raptor-2 Precision-Guided Glide Bomb series from south africa[22]

See also[edit]


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  7. ^ "Italian shipyard Fincantieri launched Algerian Navy future amphibious ship (BDSL program)". January 10, 2014. 
  8. ^ Le nouveau bâtiment de projection algérien, 13/09/2012
  9. ^ "Italian shipyard Fincantieri delivered amphibious ship Kalaat Beni-Abbes to Algerian Navy". September 7, 2014. 
  10. ^ "Algerian Navy signs deal with ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems for 2+2 Meko A200 Frigates: Details". March 26, 2012. 
  11. ^ "German built MEKO A-200 AN Frigate for Algerian Navy launched by TKMS in Kiel". December 18, 2014. 
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  14. ^ Russia to build two Tiger corvettes for Algerian navy | Russia | RIA Novosti
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  16. ^ Russia to Upgrade Two Warships for Algerian Navy
  17. ^ Severnaya Verf Shipyard, Algerian Navy Sign Modernization Contract
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  20. ^ World Air Forces 2016. Flightglobal International. 2015. p. 11. 
  21. ^ فرقاطتين المانيتين و 3 كورفيت صينية للجزائر
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  23. ^ Navantia to modernise Algerian Navy warships
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  30. ^ "Algerian Navy signs deal with ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems for 2+2 Meko A200 Frigates: Details". 2012-07-25. Retrieved 2013-09-02. 
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