Royal Jordanian Navy

The Royal Jordanian Navy is naval warfare branch of the Armed Forces of the Kingdom of Jordan. As Jordan is landlocked except at its southern extremity, with only 26 kilometres (16 mi) of shoreline along the Gulf of Aqaba providing access to the Red Sea, its Naval Force comprises 27 patrol boats, and has a total complement of more than 700 personnel, excluding the 77th Marines Reconnaissance Battalion. The Naval Force is under the command of the army.[1]

Royal Jordanian Naval Force
القوة البحرية الاردنية
Naval Ensign of Jordan
Active1951
Country Jordan
AllegianceKing of Jordan
RoleNavy
Garrison/HQAqaba
Commanders
Commander-in-chiefKing Abdullah II
Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of StaffLt. General Mahmoud Freihat
Commander of the NavyBrig. General Ibrahim Salman al-Naimat

As of July 2016 the Commander of the Navy is Brigadier General Ibrahim Salman Al-Naimat.[2]

The Royal Jordanian Navy also cooperates with other nations in the region, being part of the maritime Combined Task Force 152 that provides security in the Persian Gulf.[3][4]

History

The Royal Naval Force was established in 1951 as the Royal Coast Guard. It was established in Aqaba.[5] Its size was about that of an infantry company i.e.,circa 200 men. In 1952, the Coast Guard Headquarters was moved to the Dead Sea area and remained there until 1967. In 1974, The Coast Guard was provided with four medium patrol boats (Bertram Class) and with equipment for the divers and frogmen.

The naval element of the armed forces, although designated the Royal Jordanian Navy, remained an integral part of the army. Performing essentially a coast guard mission, in 1988 it had 300 officers and men based at Al Aqabah, the country's only port, with access to the Red Sea. The navy operated five coastal patrol boats of United States manufacture armed with light machine guns. The navy assisted in the maintenance of harbor security, operating in conjunction with customs and immigration personnel to ensure the enforcement of the country's laws and regulations. In late 1987, three larger craft of ninety-five tons each were ordered from Britain. When introduced, each would have a crew of sixteen and would be armed with 20mm and 30mm guns. Israeli units at the adjacent Israeli naval facility at Elat similarly consisted of small, lightly armed patrol boats.

In 1991, the Coast Guard was provided with three heavy patrol boats (Hawk Class). On 13 November 1991 the Royal Coast Guard was renamed as the Royal Naval Force.[6]

As part of the IDEX 2009 exhibition, Dr. Moayad Samman, Chairman and CEO of the King Abdullah II Design and Development Bureau (Kaddb), will be signing a joint venture agreement with Mr. Mark T. Hornsby Managing Director of RiverHawk Worldwide LLC to establish Jordan RiverHawk Shipbuilding and Support, PSC. Kaddb and RiverHawk Worldwide LLC agreed on establishing Jordan RiverHawk Shipbuilding and Support to manufacture, market and supply AMP-137 Advanced Multi-mission Platform Vessels, Provide training and service and maintenance on each vessel sold, Explore the development of other vessels for customers in the region as well a provide maintenance services for other vessels. The partnership with Kaddb will allow RiverHawk Worldwide to exchange the know-how with the Bureau and to benefit from the skilled workforce to manufacture top of the line vessels to be marketed to the Jordan Armed Forces as the number one customer to Kaddb and then to the region.[6]

Royal Naval Units

  • Combat Vessels Group
  • Naval Frogmen Group
  • 77th Marine Battalion
  • Naval Special Boat Unit
  • Counter-terrorism Team from Special Unit-II
  • Marine Surveillance Company / Aqaba
  • Marine Surveillance Company / Dead Sea
  • Technical Support Group
  • Maritime Training Center

Patrol boats

  • 3 × Al-Hussein class (VT Hawk) (2 × 30 mm guns, 1 × 20 mm gun, 2 × 12.7 mm machine guns)[2]
  • 2 × Al-Hashim class (Type 412) (1 × 12.7 mm MGs)
  • 8 × Abdullah class (2 × 12.5 mm MGs)
  • 4 × Faysal class (Bertram) (1 × 12.7 mm MGs)
  • 4 × Faysal class (Commander) (2 × 12.5 mm MGs)
  • 4 × AMP-137 PB built by KADDB.[7][8][9]
  • 2 × Falcon class ( Rafaiel remote controlled ) (1 × 7.62 mm MGs)

Special Maritime Forces

  • 8 × RHIB Boats for Special Forces
  • 4 × 17 foot launch
  • 4 × 19 foot GRP
  • 2 × Light craft SRB For Special Forces

References

  1. "Jordan Armed Forces". country-data.com. Retrieved 19 September 2010.
  2. "Institute for National Security Studies (INSS)" (PDF). inss.org.il. Retrieved 19 September 2010.
  3. Kuwait hands over Command of CTF 152 to Jordan. Combined Maritime Forces
  4. Jordan Hands Over to Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in CTF152 Change of Command Ceremony. Combined Maritime Forces, 14 September 2017
  5. "Embassy of Jordan Military Office". jordanmil.org. 29 July 2010. Retrieved 19 September 2010.
  6. John Pike. "Royal Jordanian Navy". globalsecurity.org. Retrieved 9 December 2014.
  7. Kaddb will be signing an agreement of joint venture with RiverHawk Worldwide | IDEX | AMEinfo.com
  8. Jordan signs agreement for advanced multi-mission platform vessels
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