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Romanian Naval Forces
Forţele Navale Române
Stema Statului Major al Fortelor Navale.jpg 1 4 SMFN steag.jpg
The coat of arms and the flag
Founded 26 February 1896 (as the Royal Flotilla)
Country Romania
Part of Romanian Armed Forces
Command HQ Statul Major al Forţelor Navale - Bucharest
Commander-in-Chief of the Romanian Naval Forces Staff Flotilla Counter Admiral Dorin Dănilă
(Rear Admiral)
Roundel Roundel of the Romanian Air Force.svg
Naval jack Naval Jack of Romania.svg
Military colors Battle flag of Romania (Naval Forces model).png

The Romanian Navy (Romanian: Forţele Navale Române) is the navy branch of the Romanian Armed Forces; it operates in the Black Sea.


Current status

The Romanian Navy includes three frigates: Mărăşeşti, Regele Ferdinand and Regina Maria. Mărăşeşti used to be the flagship of the Romanian Navy since 1976 until 2004 when Regele Ferdinand (formerly HMS Coventry) became the new flagship. The navy also contains 4 large corvettes as its main force, along with many auxiliary ships and fluvial patrol boats.[1][2]

After the restructuring of the Romanian Armed Forces (planned for 2007), ca. 6,800 men and women serve in the Romanian Navy. The main base of the Romanian Navy is located at Constanţa. The current chief of the Romanian Navy is Rear Admiral Dorin Dănilă.

The Romanian Naval Forces ordered 3 IAR 330 Puma Naval helicopters, the last one should be commissioned early 2008. The helicopter is in a similar configuration to those of the Romanian Air Force, including the SOCAT upgrade package, the Navy Pumas also have flotation gear fitted under the nose and main undercarriage fairings. After completing factory tests and sea trials , they will be operated from Navy frigates for search and rescue, medevac and maritime surveillance missions.



Sea Fleet

Frigates (FFG)

Light Frigates (FFL)

Patrol Corvettes

  • Zborul (Tarantul-I) class large missile boats:
    • Zborul (F-188)
    • Pescăruşul (F-189)
    • Lăstunul (F-190)
  • Năluca (Epitrop (Romanian-built variant of the Osa)) class torpedo boats:
    • Smeul (F-202)
    • Vijelia (F-204)
    • Vulcanul (F-209)


  • Delfinul - inoperational since 1995, overhaul needed (re-entry service 2009)

Mine Warfare

  • Vice-Amiral Ioan Murgescu (Cosar) class minelayers:
    • Vice-Amiral Ioan Murgescu (F-271)
  • Lt. Remus Lepri (Musca) Class Minesweepers:
    • Lt. Remus Lepri (F-24)
    • Lt. Lupu Dinescu (F-25)
    • Lt. Dimitrie Nicolescu (F-29)
    • SLt. Alexandru Axente (F-30)

Auxiliary Ships

  • Vice-Amiral Ioan Murgescu (Cosar) Class MCM Command/Support:
    • Vice-Amiral Constantin Balescu (F-274)

Decommissioned ships

River Fleet

  • Mihail Kogalniceanu class large river patrol monitors - 3
  • Smirdan (Brutar-II) class river patrol monitors - 3
  • Griviţa (Brutar-I) class river patrol monitors - 3
  • VB 76 class small river patrol monitors - 18

Land equipment

Anti-ship missiles

P-20M-TELs on parade in Bucharest
  • P-20M mobile launching systems;

Ranks and insignia

See also


External links


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