Ukrainian Sea Guard

Ukrainian Sea Guard (Ukrainian: Морська охорона, Mors’ka Okhorona; full name Морська охорона Державної прикордонної служби України, Sea Guard of the State Border Guard Service of Ukraine) is the coast guard service of Ukraine, subordinated to its Border Guard Service.[1]

Ukrainian Sea Guard
Country Ukraine
TypeCoast guard
RoleCoastal defense, maritime law enforcement
Part of SBGS (2003–present)
ColorsBlue, Yellow
        
Anniversaries28 May
EngagementsRussian invasion of Ukraine
Commanders
State Border Guard Service of UkraineLTG Viktor Nazarenko
Insignia
Racing stripe
Ensign
Jack
Pennant

Ukrainian Sea Guard is the local successor of the Soviet Border Troops Naval Units that have been similarly responsible for coast guard tasks. However, there were some interchanges in units, ships and personnel between Sea Guard and the Ukrainian Navy.

Service personnel of the Sea Guard wear either the black uniform similar to Ukrainian Navy, but decorated with some green elements (traditional for border guard), or a common uniform of the Border Guard. Sea Guard vessels bear the Морська охорона inscription on their boards.

Organization

The Sea Guard operates four sea guard detachments: in Balaklava, Odessa, Izmail and Kerch; a sea guard cutters division in Mariupol; a special-purpose sea guard cutters division in Yalta; and a riverine Dnieper sea guard cutters division in Kiev. Sea guard administration is split between the Azov-Black seas regional administration in Simferopol and the Southern regional administration in Odessa.

Squads of Marine Security

  • Kerch Squad of Marine Security (from the Cape of Mehanom across the strait of Kerch and the Sea of Azov to administrative border between Zaporizhia and Donetsk regions)
  • Yalta Squad of Marine Security (special assignment)
  • Sevastopol Squad of Marine Security (Main base in Balaklava)
  • Odessa Squad of Marine Security (Southern regional administration)

Battle fleet

Major vessels, list is incomplete.[2]

Class Photo Type Ships Origin Commissioned Note
Warships (1 in service)
PaukAnti-submarine corvettesBG-50 Hryhoriy Kuropyatnykov Yaroslavl1984
Fast attack crafts (8 in service)
StenkaPatrol boatBG-32 Donbas
BG-57 Mykolaiv
BG-63 Pavlo Derzhavin
BG-62 Podillya
Almaz1982
1988
1987
1983
Shmel[3]River gunboatsBG-81 Lubny
BG-82 Kaniv
BG-83 Nizhyn
BG-84 Izmayil
 Soviet Union1972
1971
1968
1969
Cutters
Zhuk 1400M (Grif)Patrol gunboatBG-100 508
BG-101 525
BG-102 Obolon
BG-103 511
BG-104 512
BG-108 517
BG-109 Nemyriv
BG-110 Liubomyr
BG-111 Odesa
BG-115 523
BG-117 Vatutinets
/ More?
?
?
?
?
?
1992
?
1992
?
1993
Zhuk 1400A (Gurzuf)Patrol gunboatBG-54 Kryvyi Rih Batumi1989[4]Possibly lost to Russia
OrlanPatrol gunboatBG-200 Balaklava More2012[5]the boats are intended to replace the Zhuk-class patrol boats.[6]
UMS 1000Patrol cutters7 boats Kiev2015series of small patrol cutters developed by the UMS boats
Kalkan[7]Patrol cuttersBG-305
BG-504
More?
1997
Kalkan-PPatrol cuttersBG-10 Mykolaiv2006
KatranPatrol cutterBG-820 Soviet Union1994Possibly lost to Russia
ChaikaPatrol boatsBG-01 Krym[8] Almaz1978
Auxiliary ships (3 in service)
Grafenau[9]Command shipBG-80 Dunai Linz1942Supposedly decommissioned in 2011; transferred to Izmail Naval Lyceum
Baba HasanSchoonerBG-59 Oniks Turkey
CelikSchoonerBG-58 Ametyst Turkey

Building

Class Photo Type Ships Origin Laid down Note
KoralPatrol boat More2012status uncertain; the boats were intended to replace Stenka-class patrol boats.[6]

Decommissioned, sold, destroyed

Class Photo Type Ships Origin Commissioned Decommissioned
Battle ships (2)
PaukAnti-submarine corvettesBG-52 Hryhoriy Hnatenko
BG-51 Poltava
Yaroslavl1987
1987
Both ships were ready to be decommissioned and were left in Balaklava after the Russian annexation of Crimea;[10] their fate is unknown
Battle cutters (11)
StenkaPatrol boatsBG-56 Volyn
BG-60 Zaporizka Sich
BG-31 Bukovyna
BG-30 Heroyi Kerchi
BG-61 Odesa
Almaz?
?
?
?
?
2007
2004
2014 (c)
1999
2011
MuraveyAnti-submarine hydrofoil??
BG-53
BG-54
BG-55 Halychyna

More
1983
1990
1985
1994
1996
2000
2000
2010
Zhuk 1400M (Grif)Patrol cuttersBG-119
BG-118 Arabat
BG-116 Darnytsia
/ More?
1994
1993
2014; BG119 and BG118 were destroyed near Mariupol by Russian forces; BG116 was immobile since 2012
Zhuk 1400A (Gurzuf)Patrol cuttersBG-53 Lviv Batumi1989[11]Lost to Russia

Future

From 2012 to 2014 there were plans to build 39 small guard ships of different classes, including 6 Korall-class[12] and 8 Orlan-class ships. From 2015 onward, there are plans to build a multipurpose guard ship, with displacement around 1000 tons, which can carry one helicopter.[5][13]

References

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