Royal Cambodian Navy

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Royal Cambodian Navy
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Seal of the RCN
Founded 1953
Country Cambodia Kingdom of Cambodia
Allegiance HM The King
Type Navy
Size 2800 personnel, including marines [1]
Part of Royal Cambodian Armed Forces
Garrison/HQ Phnom Penh
Motto(s) Defending the Kingdom of Cambodia
Anniversaries 9 November 1953
Vice-Admiral Tea Vinh

The Royal Cambodian Navy (Khmer: កងទ័ពជើងទឹកកម្ពុជា) is the naval warfare service branch of the Armed Forces of Cambodia and one of the three uniformed services of the Kingdom of Cambodia. It has an estimated of 4,000 active personnel and operates 228 boats/ships in active service. It is commanded by Vice Admiral Tea Vinh and sails under the jurisdiction of the Ministry of National Defense.[2]


Enlisted Ranks

  • Seaman 1st Class
  • Petty Officer 3rd Class
  • Petty Officer 2nd Class
  • Petty Officer 1st Class
  • Chief Petty Officer 2nd Class
  • Chief Petty Officer 1st Class

Warrant Officer's Ranks

  • Junior Warrant Officer
  • Warrant Officer
  • Chief Warrant Officer

Commissioned Officer's Ranks

  • Ensign
  • Junior Lieutenant
  • Lieutenant
  • Lieutenant Commander
  • Commander
  • Captain
  • Commodore
  • Rear Admiral
  • Vice Admiral


Cambodian Navy officers stand in ranks with US Navy members.
Cambodian Navy saluting the flag.

The navy possesses fifteen patrol craft and a further five patrol craft of the "fast attack" variety. There are also about 200 motorised and manual canoes.[3]

The country's seagoing capability was boosted in August 2005 when China handed over 5 patrol boats. In 2007 a further 10 were handed over worth $100,000,000. The craft were donated to Cambodia by China to help counter piracy, transnational crime, smuggling and to safeguard future oil installations.

In 2007, Cambodia reported that it was increasing the strength of its navy from 1,000 to 3,000 sailors, apart from creating a force of 2,000 Marine infantry.

USS Mustin visits Cambodian Navy.

Many Officers of the Royal Cambodian Navy received their training at the Vietnam Naval Academy.[4]


Photo Vessel Type Builder Quantity Number
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Turya class torpedo patrol fast attack craft[5]  Soviet Union 5 1121-1125
Stenka class patrol fast attack craft  Soviet Union[6] 5 1131-1135
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Shershen class patrol fast attack craft  Soviet Union[7] 1 1115
Flickr - Official U.S. Navy Imagery - Two Royal Cambodian Navy patrol crafts participate in CARAT 2012..jpg
Fast Patrol Craft[8]  China 15 1141-1145, 1101-1109
Landing Craft Utility  China 1 1401[9]


Naval bases of the Royal Cambodian Navy include the following:

See also[edit]


  1. ^ John Pike. "Royal Cambodian Navy". Retrieved 24 December 2014. 
  2. ^ Ministry of National Defense website, retrieved 16/11/08
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  5. ^ "Asia Finest Discussion Forum > Cambodia Military". Retrieved 24 December 2014. 
  6. ^ "Asia Finest Discussion Forum > Cambodia Military". Retrieved 24 December 2014. 
  7. ^ "Asia Finest Discussion Forum > Cambodia Military". Retrieved 24 December 2014. 
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