Kuwaiti Navy

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

الله والوطن والامير

God, Country & The Emir
Colors Green & Red
Anniversaries National and Liberation Day (25 and 26 February)
Assistant Chief Combat Commander of Kuwait Naval Force Kuwait Naval Force Commander
Umm Al Maradim La Combattante-class missile-attack-craft Al Fahaheel (P3721) in May 2013
Kuwait Naval Force Chief Combat Commander Major General Al-Mulla conducts a troop inspection during a full honor welcome ceremony on board the Washington Navy Yard on February 15, 2005

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]


Kuwait's Navy was established in 1961[3] shortly after Britain ended the country's protectorate status following Operation Vantage.

During the Invasion of Kuwait and Operation Desert Storm, Kuwait's navy was almost completely destroyed.[4][5] At the start of the invasion, the Iraqi Navy captured and sunk 5 Kuwait Lurssen TNC 45 type fast attack craft (missile) and 1 Lurssen FPB 57 type fast attack craft (missile)[6] and Kuwait Naval Forces also lost 20 other ships to Iraq during the war.[7]

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]

Structure and Orgnanization[edit]

  • Kuwait Naval Warships
  • Kuwait Marine Corps
  • Kuwait Commando Marine Units

Part of the present fleet[edit]

List Amphibious Vessles and Landing Crafts[edit]

Class Units Note
Al-Tahaddy LCU 2
Safar (Loadmaster) LCU 1
LCU (ST Marine) 1

List Missile Fast Patrol Boats (MFPB)[edit]

Class Units Note
Isitklal (German FPB-57) 1 410 tons full load - 4 MM-40 SSM - commissioned 1983
Al-Sanbouk (German TNC-45) 1 255 tons full load - 4 MM-40 SSM - commissioned 1984
Umm Al Maradim (Combattante P37-BRL) 8 245 tons full load - 4 Sea Skua SSM - commissioned 1998-2000

List Patrol Fighting Vessels[edit]

Class Units Note
Intisar (Australian OPV-310) 4
Al-Shaheed (FPB 100K) 3
Subahi (FPB 115) 10
Kassir Inshore Patrol Craft 3
Victory Team (P-46) 16
Inshore Patrol Crafts 50
Mark V Special Operations Craft 10

List Supply Vessels[edit]

Class Units Note
Sawahil ( Dorrar Support Ship) 1
Nautilus (Swiftship 176) SDV 2

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]

Ranks of the Kuwait Naval Force[edit]

His Highness, the Emir of Kuwait: Commander-in-chief of the Military of Kuwait (Arabic: القائد الأعلى للقوات المسلحة الكويتية‎)
His Highness, the Crown Prince of Kuwait: Deputy Commander-in-Chief of the Military of Kuwait (Arabic: نائب القائد الأعلى للقوات المسلحة الكويتية‎)

Naval Officer Corps[edit]

Company-grade officers Field-grade officers General officers
First Lieutenant
(1st LT)
Lieutenant Colonel
Brigadier general
Major general
Lieutenant general
O-1 O-2 O-3 O-4 O-5 O-6 O-7 O-8 O-9 O-10
One Star
(Arabic: ملازم‎)
Two Stars
(Arabic: ملازم أول‎)
Three Stars
(Arabic: نقيب‎)
(Arabic: رائد‎)
Crown & Star
(Arabic: مقدم‎)
Crown & Two Stars
(Arabic: عقيد‎)
Crown & Three Stars
(Arabic: عميد‎)
Crown & Two Crossed Arabian Swords
(Arabic: لواء‎)
Crown, Star & Two Crossed Arabian Swords
(Arabic: فريق‎)
Crown, Two Stars & Two Crossed Arabian Swords
(Arabic: فريق أول‎)

Naval Enlisted Corps[edit]

Junior enlisted Non-commissioned Officers (NCOs) Warrant Officers (WOs)
Private first class
Staff Sergeant
Warrant Officer
Chief Warrant Officer
E-1 E-2 E-3 E-4 E-5 WO CWO
No Chevron
Regular Seaman
One Chevron
(Arabic: وكيل عريف ‎)
Two Chevrons
(Arabic: عريف‎)
Three Chevrons
(Arabic: رقيب‎)
Three Chevrons with circle closing stripe
(Arabic: رقيب أول‎)
One Star centered with Coat of Arms of the Emir of Kuwait
(Arabic: وكيل ضابط ‎)
Two Stars centered with Coat of Arms of the Emir of Kuwait
(Arabic: وكيل أول ضابط‎)

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 2,200 people (excluding 500 in coastguard)
  3. ^ "Kuwait - Regional and National Security Considerations". Country Studies. Retrieved 17 November 2010. 
  4. ^ "?". CNN. [dead link]
  5. ^ "Kuwait Navy".  List of Ships in Kuwait Naval Force History
  6. ^ "Saddam's Navy". Globalsecurity.org. Retrieved 17 November 2010. 
  7. ^ "Kuwait Navy". List of Ships in Kuwait Naval Force History
  9. ^ http://www.ihs.com/events/exhibitions/idex-2013/news/feb-21/Landing-craft-success-in-Kuwait.aspx


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