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Azərbaycan Hərbi Dəniz Qüvvələri
Azerbaijani Navy
Naval Flag of Azerbaijan.svg
The Flag of the Azerbaijani Navy
Active October 9, 1991 - present
Country  Azerbaijan
Branch Navy
Type Military
Role Naval warfare and coastal defence (coast guard)
Size 5,000 military personnel and 25 ships
Garrison/HQ Baku
Anniversaries June 26, 1918 (first founding); October 9, 1991 (second founding)
Vice Admiral Shahin Sultanov

The Azerbaijan Navy (Azerbaijani: Azərbaycan Hərbi Dəniz Qüvvələri) is the navy of the Azerbaijani Armed Forces operating in the Caspian Sea.

The origin of the current organization goes back to June 26, 1918, when the Azerbaijan Democratic Republic which became independent in 1918, after the collapse of the Russian Empire, formed its first navy. After the second independence of Azerbaijan in 1991, after the collapse of the Soviet Union, the Azerbaijani Navy was formed out of the former Soviet Navy in the Azerbaijani SSR.


The navy has about 5,000 military personnel in sixteen units. These include the Caspian Sea fleet and a border coast guard. The fleet is made up of 1 Petya class frigate, 2 OSA-II-Class and 5 Stenka Class patrol boats, 2 Sonya Class and 5 Yevgenya Class minesweepers (for removing mines), 6 landing craft (ships that can land on the coast), 2 landing cutters (patrol boats that can land on the coast), 1 special purposes warship and 1 special purposes cutter.

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  • U.S. Army War College Center for Strategic Leadership, Transformation of the Azerbaijani Armed Forces, October 2008

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