Ukrainian Sea Guard

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Ukrainian Sea Guard
Country  Ukraine
Type Coast guard
Role Coastal defense, maritime law enforcement
Part of SBGS (2003–present)
Colors Blue, Yellow
Anniversaries 28 May
State Border Guard Service of Ukraine LTG Viktor Nazarenko
Racing Stripe Ukrainian Sea Guard.png
Ensign Sea Guard Ensign of Ukraine (dress).svg
Penant Ukrainian Navy Pennant of Coast Guard.png

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]

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[edit]

  • 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[edit]

Major vessels, list is incomplete.

Class Photo Type Ships Origin Commissioned Note
Battle ships (3 in service)
Pauk Pauk 1 BG52 Balaklava.jpg Anti-submarine corvettes BG-50 Hryhoriy Kuropyatnykov
BG-51 Poltava
BG-52 Hryhoriy Hnatenko
 Soviet Union 1984
Battle cutters (33 in service)
Stenka BG57 Patrol boat 2012 G2.jpg Patrol boat BG-30 Heroyi Kerchi
BG-31 Bukovyna
BG-32 Donbas
BG-57 Mykolaiv
BG-60 Odesa
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
BG-82 Kaniv
BG-83 Nizhyn
BG-84 Izmayil
 Soviet Union 1972
Zhuk 1400M (Grif) Boat U170 Skadovsk 2012 G1.jpg Patrol cutters BG-100 508
BG-101 525
BG-102 Obolon
BG-103 511
BG-104 512
BG-108 517
BG-110 Liubomyr
BG-115 523
BG-116 Darnytsia
BG-117 Vatutinets
 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) Balaklava 91.jpg Patrol cutters BG-53 Lviv
BG-54 Kryvyi Rih
 Soviet Union 1986
Orlan Patrol cutters BG-200 Balaklava  Ukraine 2013 8 was on order,[2] 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[3] 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.[2][4]


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