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|Royal Bahraini Navy Air Arm|
The Royal Bahraini Navy was first established in the 1970s as the Naval branch of the Bahrain Defense Force, to monitor shipping routes around the islands of the Bahrain archipelago. In 1987, the title Bahrain Amiri Navy was formally adopted. In 1994 the first helicopters were ordered and delivery took place soon after. In 2002 the official name was changed to Royal Bahraini Navy. The Navy air arm remains an all-helicopter force.
|1971?||Bahrain Defense Force first established.|
|1987||BDF naval branch renamed Bahrain Amiri Navy.|
|1994||First helicopters acquired.|
|Feb 2002||Bahrain Amiri Navy renamed Royal Bahraini Navy.|
The Royal Bahraini Navy operates two fast attack craft and an ex-US Navy frigate which can embark helicopters. The helicopters are currently used for maritime surveillance and Search-and-Rescue tasks.
No future procurement plans known.
The Navy uses the same roundel and fin flash as the Amiri Air Force. The service titles ROYAL BAHRAINI NAVY are carried in Arabic and English on the fuselage sides, replacing the previous BAHRAIN AMIRI NAVY titles.
Aircraft Serial Numbers
The Navy uses the same three-digit numerical sequence system as the Air Force eg: 511.
Coding system not used
None – Manufacturers designations used
Current Aircraft Inventory
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|Aircraft Type||Total Del’d||Total Active||Still on Order||Role|
|MBB Bo 105CBS||2||2||0||Maritime Patrol/SAR|
All-Time Aircraft Used List
|Aircraft Type||Quantity||Service Entry||Out of Service||Origin||MBB Bo 105CBS||2||1994||current||Germany|
Aircraft NOT Used
No false reports known.
The Navy’s single helicopter squadron is co-located with the Air Force’s helicopter units at Rifa’a on Bahrain Island.
Current Order of Battle
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|5 Squadron||MBB Bo 105CBS||Rifa’a|
Historical Orders of Battle
All-Time Flying Units List
Current Air Bases
All helicopters are based at Rifa’a on Bahrain Island.
All-Time Air Bases Used List
To be added
Bahrain Aviation Bibliography – to be added
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