Yemeni Navy

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Yemeni Navy
Active 1990 - Present
Country  Yemen
Allegiance Yemen
Branch Navy
Type Naval Force
Role Maritime warfare
Part of Military of Yemen
Naval Headquarters Aden
Naval Ensign Flag of the Yemeni Navy.svg

The Yemeni Navy is the maritime component of the armed forces of Yemen. Yemen's navy was created in 1990 when North and South Yemen united.

Yemen early on had problems with trying to keep drugs from entering Yemen by sea. In 2006, Yemen purchased 10 Bay-class patrol boats which were very effective at stopping smugglers from entering Yemen. The Bay patrol craft currently under construction are, however, for the Yemeni Coast Guard, not the Yemeni Navy. Likewise, the 10 Austal Patrol Craft belong to the Coast Guard, not the Navy.

Tarantul I class

In the Hanish Islands Crisis, Yemen prepared its navy for an assault on the Hanish islands and on Eritrea. Eritrea accidentally destroyed a Russian ship, thinking it was a Yemeni ship. The invasion, however, never happened since Eritrea made agreements with Yemen which involved Eritrea taking over the islands. Yemen, however, later took over Zukur-Hanish archipelago island which created further tensions with the Eritrean government but it did not lead to another war.

Yemen is currently on the look out for Somali pirates, due to Yemen's proximity to Somalia. Yemen has greatly tightened its security after attacks on Yemeni ships.

Naval Equipment[edit]

Yemeni Navy


Missile Boat

Patrol Craft

Utility Craft

  • 4 utility landing craft

Landing Ships




  1. ^ "Two Damen Stan Patrol 2600 for Yemen". Damen Group. Archived from the original on 2009-12-28.