The Romanian Navy (Romanian: Forţele Navale Române) is the navy branch of the Romanian Armed Forces; it operates in the Black Sea.
The Romanian Navy includes three frigates
, Regele Ferdinand
and Regina Maria
used to be the flagship of the Romanian Navy since 1976
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
. With the acquisition of the 2 Type 22 frigates Regele Ferdinand
and Regina Maria
(formerly HMS London
), the Romanian Navy has grown to be equal in size with the navy of New Zealand
(a country with considerably more coastline than Romania).
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.
Light Frigates (FFL)
- Naluca (Epitrop) class torpedo boats - 3
- Zborul (Molniya/Tarantul-I) class missile corvettes - 3
- miners - 1
- minesweepers - 4
- P-20M mobile launching systems;
Ranks and insignia