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Bolivarian Armada of Venezuela
Armada Nacional de Venezuela
ANRBV.gif
Active 1811 - Present
Country  Venezuela
Branch Navy of Venezuela
Patron Virgen del Valle
Motto Navegare necesse, vivere non necesse

(Latin: Sailing is necessary, but living is not.)

Engagements Venezuelan War of Independence
Battle of Lake Maracaibo
Commanders
Notable
commanders
José Prudencio Padilla
Luis Brión

The navy of Venezuela is officially called the Bolivarian Armada of Venezuela (Spanish: Armada Bolivariana de Venezuela). The estimated numerical strength of the Navy is of 18,300 personnel, who include 7,800 marines and 500 Naval Aviation personnel.

It serves the purpose of defending the naval sovereignty of the country, including inland, fluvial security, it also serves to prevent illegal activities in the Venezuelan borders and contributes with international organisms to safeguard international waters from criminal activities.

Contents

History

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Joint Exercises

In September, 2008, the Russian Navy's nuclear-powered Peter the Great missile cruiser, accompanied by three other ships of Russia's Northern Fleet, was to sail from its base in Severomorsk on Sunday on a cruise to the Caribbean Sea that will include a joint exercise with the Venezuelan Navy, Russian Naval spokesman Igor Dygalo said. This action would represent the first major Russian power projection in that region since the end of the Cold War.[1][2] The fleet of ships, headed by the nuclear-powered Peter the Great cruiser, set off from its base at Severomorsk in the Arctic on Monday, September 22. Russian Navy spokesman Igor Dygalo said the ships set sail at 1000 local time (0600 GMT), and would travel 15,000 nautical miles (28,000 km) to reach their destination."It's the nuclear-powered guided missile cruiser Peter the Great, the anti-submarine warship Admiral Chebanenko and other accompanying ships," he told the AFP news agency. The other ships included a tug boat and supply ships.[3]

Escuadra

The headquarters of the naval Escuadra (Fleet), Base Naval Contralmirante Agustín Armario, is located in the city of Puerto Cabello, Carabobo, it controls the four squads of the Escuadra: frigates, submarines, patrol boats, and amphibious and service ships. It is also responsible for the Submarine school and Centre of Tactical Training.

Organisation

The Venezuelan Escuadra has four squadrons, numbering a total of 21 operational ships and submarines.

Frigates

Venezuelan frigate CG-22 Yavire, laying at port.
  • Four (4) Spanish made offshore patrol vessel POVZEE (on order) delivered in 2010
    • Spain PC-21 Caribe
    • Spain PC-22 Warao, under construction
    • Spain PC-23 Yecuana, under construction
    • Spain PC-24 , under construction

Based in Puerto Cabello, Carabobo.

Venezuelan frigates General Salóm F-25, foreground, and Mariscal Sucre F-21 conduct maneuvers
  • Six missile frigates Type Lupo/ Mariscal Sucre class
    • Italy F-21 Mariscal Sucre, in service since 07-14-1980
    • Italy F-22 Almirante Brión, in service since 03-07-1981
    • Italy F-23 General Urdaneta, in service since 08-08-1981
    • Italy F-24 General Soublette, in service since 12-04-1981
    • Italy F-25 General Salóm, in service since 04-03-1982
    • Italy F-26 Almirante García, in service since 07-30-1982

Submarines

Based in Puerto Cabello, Carabobo.

  • Two Type 209/A-1300, Sábalo class, diesel electric submarines.
    • Germany S-31 Sábalo, in service since 08-06-1976
    • Germany S-32 Caribe, in service since 03-11-1977

Patrol boats

Based in Punto Fijo, Falcón.

  • Three Type Vosper 37m./Federación class missile patrol boats.
    • United Kingdom PC-12 Federación, in service since 03-25-1975
    • United Kingdom PC-14 Libertad, in service since 06-12-1975
    • United Kingdom PC-16 Victoria, in service since 09-22-1975
  • Three Type Vosper 37m./Constitución class cannon patrol boats.
    • United Kingdom PC-11 Constitución, in service since 03-25-1975
    • United Kingdom PC-13 Independencia, in service since 06-12-1975
    • United Kingdom PC-15 Patria, in service since 01-09-1975

Amphibious and service ships

Based in Puerto Cabello, Carabobo.

  • Four Type LST/Capana class disembarking ships.
    • South Korea T-61 Capana, in service since 07-24-1984
    • South Korea T-62 Esequibo, in service since 07-24-1984
    • South Korea T-63 Goajira, in service since 11-01-1984
    • South Korea T-64 Los Llanos, in service since 11-01-1984
  • One Ciudad Bolívar class supply ship.
    • South Korea T-81 Ciudad Bolívar, in service since 09-23-2001
  • One Punta Brava class oceanographic ship
    • Spain BO-11 Punta Brava, in service since 03-24-1991
  • One Bricbarc type/Simón Bolívar training sailboat.
    • Spain BE-11 Simón Bolívar, in service since 08-12-1980

Marine Infantry

Headquartered in Meseta de Mamo, Vargas, the estimated numerical strength of this unit is of approx. 8,500 men and women. Its mission is to "enlist and direct its units in order to form the disembarking force and/or support of amphibious or special operations; executing naval safeguarding and environmental policing, as well as actively participating in the national development". It consists of two Marine Infantry Brigades, two Riverine Security Brigades, an Engineers Brigade, a Naval Police Brigade, a Special Forces Brigade, and a Naval Reserve Brigade

Coast Guard

Headquartered in La Guaira, Vargas, its mission is to "Plan, execute and control naval security, environmental protection, natural resource preservation and traffic controlling activities. It also serves to combat piracy and narco-traffic"

Combat order

  • One company of naval salvage.
  • Boarding and inspection teams.
  • A squad of coast guard ships.

Coast guard ships

  • Four (4) Spanish made offshore patrol vessels OPV class BVL (on order) delivered in 2009~2010.
    • Spain CG-21 Guaicamacuto, under construction
    • Spain CG-22 Yavire, in service
    • Spain CG-23 Naiguata, under construction
    • Spain CG-24 Tamanaco, under construction
  • Two Almirante Clemente Class Frigates.
    • Italy CG-11 Almirante Clemente, since 04-12-1956 -retire 2008

retire 2009 ** Italy CG-12 General Morán, in since 10-01-1957 te

  • Twelve Gavión class patrol ships.
    • United States PG-401 Gavión, in service since 10-06-1999.
    • United States PG-402 Alca, in service since 10-06-1999.
    • United States PG-403 Bernacia, in service since 10-06-1999.
    • United States PG-404 Chamán, in service since 10-06-1999.
    • United States PG-405 Cormorán, in service since 06-09-2000.
    • United States PG-406 Colimbo, in service since 06-09-2000.
    • United States PG-407 Fardela, in service since 06-09-2000.
    • United States PG-408 Sumarela, in service since 06-09-2000.
    • United States PG-409 Negrón, in service since 06-09-2000.
    • United States PG-410 Picargo, in service since 06-09-2000.
    • United States PG-411 Pagaza, in service since 06-09-2000.
    • United States PG-412 Serreta, in service since 06-09-2000.
  • One Págalo class patrol boat.
    • Venezuela PG-51 Págalo, in service since 10-05-2008.
  • Four USCG. Point class patrol boats.
    • United States PG-31 Petrel, in service since 06-26-1967, transferred to Venezuela since 10-15-1991
    • United States PG-32 Alcatraz, in service since 07-26-1966, transferred to Venezuela since 01-15-1992
    • United States PG-33 Albatros, in service since 09-18-1962, transferred to Venezuela since 08-03-1999
    • United States PG-34 Pelícano, in service since 11-14-1966, transferred to Venezuela since 08-03-1999
  • Two Los Tanques class tactical/utility ships.
    • LG-11 Los Tanques, in service since 05-15-1981
    • LG-12 Los Cayos, in service since 09-1984

These utility ships are former commercial units, decommissioned and transferred to the Navy by courts of law.

Other ships in the coast guard squadron include a towing ship, US Chololoco, and plans for the national construction of at least 15 P.698 PT Boats.

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Bolivarian Armada of Venezuela
Armada Nacional de Venezuela
File:ANRBV.gif
Active 1811 - Present
Country  Venezuela
Branch Navy of Venezuela
Patron Virgen del Valle
Motto Navegare necesse, vivere non necesse

(Latin: Sailing is necessary, but living is not.)

Engagements Venezuelan War of Independence
Battle of Lake Maracaibo
Commanders
Notable
commanders
José Prudencio Padilla
Luis Brión

The navy of Venezuela is officially called the Bolivarian Armada of Venezuela (Spanish: Armada Bolivariana de Venezuela).

It serves the purpose of defending the naval sovereignty of the country, including inland, fluvial security, it also serves to prevent illegal activities in the Venezuelan borders and contributes with international organisms to safeguard international waters from criminal activities.

Contents

History

Joint Exercises

In September, 2008, the Russian Navy's nuclear-powered missile cruiser Pyotr Velikiy, accompanied by three other ships of Russia's Northern Fleet, sailed from its base in Severomorsk on a cruise to the Caribbean Sea for a joint exercise with the Venezuelan Navy. This action represented the first major Russian power projection in that region since the end of the Cold War.[1][2] The fleet of ships, headed by the nuclear-powered Pyotr Velikiy, set off from its base at Severomorsk in the Arctic on Monday, September 22. Russian Navy spokesman Igor Dygalo said, "It's the nuclear-powered guided missile cruiser Peter the Great, the anti-submarine warship Admiral Chebanenko and other accompanying ships," he told the AFP news agency. The other ships included a tug boat and supply ships.[3]

Escuadra

The headquarters of the naval Escuadra (Fleet), Base Naval Contralmirante Agustín Armario, is located in the city of Puerto Cabello, Carabobo, it controls the four squads of the Escuadra: frigates, submarines, patrol boats, and amphibious and service ships. It is also responsible for the Submarine school and Centre of Tactical Training.

Organisation

The Venezuelan Escuadra has four squadrons, numbering a total of 50 operational ships and submarines.

Frigates

File:Buque
Venezuelan frigate CG-22 Yavire, laying at port.
File:ARV General Salóm (F-25) y ARV Mariscal Sucre (F-21) -
Venezuelan frigates General Salóm F-25, foreground, and Mariscal Sucre F-21 conduct maneuvers

Six missile frigates Type Lupo/ Mariscal Sucre class[4][5]

    • F-21 Mariscal Sucre, in service since 07-14-1980
    • F-22 Almirante Brión, in service since 03-07-1981
    • F-23 General Urdaneta, in service since 08-08-1981
    • F-24 General Soublette, in service since 12-04-1981
    • F-25 General Salóm, in service since 04-03-1982
    • F-26 Almirante García, in service since 07-30-1982

Four (4) Spanish made offshore patrol vessel POVZEE (on order) to be delivered in 2010.[6]

    • PC-21 Caribe
    • PC-22 Warao
    • PC-23 Yecuana
    • PC-24 Kariña

Based in Puerto Cabello, Carabobo.

Amphibious and service ships

  • Four Capana class LST.[7]
    • Template:Country data KOR T-61 Capana, in service since 07-24-1984
    • Template:Country data KOR T-62 Esequibo, in service since 07-24-1984
    • Template:Country data KOR T-63 Goajira, in service since 11-01-1984
    • Template:Country data KOR T-64 Los Llanos, in service since 11-01-1984
  • One Ciudad Bolívar class supply ship.
    • Template:Country data KOR T-81 Ciudad Bolívar, in service since 09-23-2001[8]
  • One Punta Brava class oceanographic ship
    • BO-11 Punta Brava, in service since 03-24-1991[citation needed]
  • One Bricbarc type/Simón Bolívar training sailboat.[9]
    • BE-11 Simón Bolívar, in service since 08-6-1980

Marine Infantry

Headquartered in Meseta de Mamo, Vargas, the estimated numerical strength of this unit is of approx. 8,500 men and women. Its mission is to "enlist and direct its units in order to form the disembarking force and/or support of amphibious or special operations; executing naval safeguarding and environmental policing, as well as actively participating in the national development". It consists of two Marine Infantry Brigades, two Riverine Security Brigades, an Engineers Brigade, a Naval Police Brigade, a Special Forces Brigade, and a Naval Reserve Brigade

Coast Guard

Headquartered in La Guaira, Vargas, it is responsible for the surveillance of Venezuelas jurisdictional waters.[10]

Combat order

  • One company of naval salvage.
  • Boarding and inspection teams.
  • A squad of coast guard ships.

Coast guard ships

  • Four (4) Spanish made offshore patrol vessels OPV class BVL (on order) delivered in 2009~2010.
    • CG-21 Guaicamacuto, in service[11]
    • CG-22 Yavire, in service
    • CG-23 Naiguata, under construction
    • CG-24 Tamanaco, under construction
  • Two Almirante Clemente Class Frigates.
    • CG-11 Almirante Clemente, since 04-12-1956 -retire 2008

retire 2009 ** CG-12 General Morán, in since 10-01-1957 te

  • Twelve Gavión class patrol ships.[citation needed]
    • PG-401 Gavión, in service since 10-06-1999.
    • PG-402 Alca, in service since 10-06-1999.
    • PG-403 Bernacia, in service since 10-06-1999.
    • PG-404 Chamán, in service since 10-06-1999.
    • PG-405 Cormorán, in service since 06-09-2000.
    • PG-406 Colimbo, in service since 06-09-2000.
    • PG-407 Fardela, in service since 06-09-2000.
    • PG-408 Sumarela, in service since 06-09-2000.
    • PG-409 Negrón, in service since 06-09-2000.
    • PG-410 Picargo, in service since 06-09-2000.
    • PG-411 Pagaza, in service since 06-09-2000.
    • PG-412 Serreta, in service since 06-09-2000.
  • Four USCG. Point class patrol boats.[9]
    • PG-31 Petrel, in service since 06-26-1967, transferred to Venezuela since 10-15-1991
    • PG-32 Alcatraz, in service since 07-26-1966, transferred to Venezuela since 01-15-1992
    • PG-33 Albatros, in service since 09-18-1962, transferred to Venezuela since 08-03-1999
    • PG-34 Pelícano, in service since 11-14-1966, transferred to Venezuela since 08-03-1999
  • Two Los Tanques class tactical/utility ships.
    • LG-11 Los Tanques, in service since 05-15-1981
    • LG-12 Los Cayos, in service since 09-1984

These utility ships are former commercial units, decommissioned and transferred to the Navy by courts of law.

Other ships in the coast guard squadron include a towing ship, US Chololoco, and plans for the national construction of at least 15 P.698 PT Boats.

References

External links


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