Yemen navy

Yemeni Navy
Active 1990 - Present
Country  Yemen
Allegiance Yemen
Branch Navy
Type Naval Force
Role Maritime warfare
Size 1,700
Part of Military of Yemen
Naval Headquarters Aden

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 boat which were very effective at stopping smugglers from entering Yemen.

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 didn't lead to another war.

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

Naval Equipment


  • 2 Tarantul I class

Missile Boat

  • 8 Osa class missile boat

Patrol Craft

  • 3 Type 037 class submarine chaser class coastal patrol craft
  • 10 fast 37.5 meters attack patrol boats
  • 2 Sana'a patrol vessels

Utility Craft

  • 4 utility landing craft

Landing Ships

  • 1 Polnocny class landing ship


  • 1 Natya class minesweeper
  • 2 Yevgenya class minesweeper



The Bay patrol craft currently under construction are for the Yemeni Coast Guard, not the Yemeni Navy. Likewise, the 10 Austal Patrol Craft belong to the Coast Guard, not the Navy.

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