Ukrainian Sea Guard
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|Ukrainian Sea Guard|
|Role||Coastal defense, maritime law enforcement|
|Part of||SBGS (2003–present)|
|State Border Guard Service of Ukraine||LTG Viktor Nazarenko|
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.
Sea Guard vessels bear the Морська охорона inscription on their boards.
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 persons 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.
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)
Major vessels, list is incomplete.
|Battle ships (3 in service)|
|Pauk||Anti-submarine corvettes||BG-50 Hryhoriy Kuropyatnykov
BG-52 Hryhoriy Hnatenko
|Battle cutters (33 in service)|
|Stenka||Patrol boat||BG-30 Heroyi Kerchi
BG-63 Pavlo Derzhavin
|Soviet Union||Unlisted: Volyn (BG56), Zakarpattia (BG61)|
|Muravey||Anti-submarine hydrofoil||BG-55 Halychyna||Ukraine||1994|
|Shmel||River gunboats||BG-81 Lubny
|Zhuk 1400M (Grif)||Patrol cutters||BG-100 508
|Soviet Union||BG 118 Arabat was one of two Sea Guard vessels destroyed/sunk on the 31st of August, 2014 by pro-Russian forces; In the case of the Arabat, by tank fire from the shore near Mariupol. Video footage shows the burning hulk remained afloat for at least a short time after the attack, but she can be considered a total loss.|
|Zhuk 1400A (Gurzuf)||Patrol cutters||BG-53 Lviv
BG-54 Kryvyi Rih
|Orlan||Patrol cutters||BG-200 Balaklava||Ukraine||2013||8 was on order, suspended due to occupation of Crimea; it was intended to replace Grif patrol cutters|
|UMS 1000||Patrol cutters||7 boats||Ukraine||2015||series of small patrol cutters developed by the UMS boats (Kiev)|
|Katran||Missile gunboat||BG-820||Soviet Union||1994|
|Chaika||Patrol boats||BG-01 Krym||Soviet Union||1981|
|Auxiliary ships (1 in service)|
|Grafinau||Command ship||BG-80 Dunai||Nazi Germany||1940||Built in Austria as a minesweeper|
From 2012 to 2014 there were, plans are to build 39 small guard ships of different classes, including 6 Korall-class 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.
- (Ukrainian) Law of Ukraine about State Border Guard Service of Ukraine 03.04.2003 № 661-IV
- Патрульный катер «Коралл». State Research and Design Shipbuilding Centre.
- "До 2020 года для Госпогранслужбы Украины планируется построить 39 катеров современных проектов". Flotprom.ru. 5 August 2011. Retrieved 2014-03-07.
- (Ukrainian) Sea Guard page on the official site of Border Guard Service
- (English) Sea Guard of the State Border Service of Ukraine
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