Ukrainian Naval Aviation

Operator Profile

Key Facts

Current Title:
Морська Авіація
English Title:
Ukrainian Naval Aviation
First Established:
ICAO Code:


Narrative Summary

To be added.


Key Dates

5 April 1992 Ukrainain Naval Aviation officially established.
1 August 1992 Ukrainian Naval Forces formally established.
1997 Agreement with Russian Federation finally reached on future of Black Sea Fleet.
26 February 2014 Russian Marines take control of key installations in Crimea.
18 March 2014 Ukrainian Crimea annexed by Russian Federation.

Current Status

Only a relatively small proportion of the Naval aircraft inventory is fully operational. Many aircraft are in store or awaiting overhaul. Flying hours are barely sufficient to maintain crew proficiency.

Future Plans

In the immediate future, the Navy needs to recover and restructure following the loss of its key facilities in Crimea.


National Insignia

Ukrainian Navy National Markings

Aircraft Serial Numbers

Serial numbers consist of a two-digit number, usually in yellow, over the range 01 to 99. The Ka-25 and Mi-14 helicopters have also been seen with red codes.

Unit/Base Codes

Coding system not used.


Aircraft Designations

None – Manufacturers designations used

Current Aircraft Inventory

Table of Current Service Aircraft

All-Time Aircraft Used List

All-Time Table of Aircraft Used

Aircraft NOT Used

False reports of aircraft on order or in service

Aircraft Losses and Incidents

To be added.


Main Headquarters

Ukrainian Naval Aviation, Ochakiv.

Organisational Structure

Ukrainian Naval Aviation currently comprises a single Naval Aviation Brigade, which oversees two squadrons operating fixed-wing and rotary-wing aircraft respectively.

Current Order of Battle

Table of Current Order of Battle

Historical Orders of Battle

To be added

All-Time Flying Units List

Units Listing

Air Bases

Current Air Bases

The main air base at Novofedorivka had to be abandoned in March 2014 after it was occupied by Russian Marines. A new base at Mykolayiv is being established.

All-Time Air Bases Used List

A number of air bases were inherited from the Soviet Navy, but most were closed down or transferred to the Air Force in the 1990s to cut operating costs. Further facilities, including the main operating base at Novofedorivka and the Sevastopol Aviation Enterprise overhaul plant were lost in the Russian occupation of Crimea.
Military Air Bases Listing

More Information


Aerospace Encyclopedia of World Air Forces (David Willis)
European Air Forces Directory 2003/04 (Ian Carroll)
European Air Forces Directory 2012/13 (Ian Carroll)
Soviet Naval Aviation 1946-1991 (Yefim Gordon & Dmitriy Komissarov)


Aviatsiya I Vremya 1996/5
Air Forces Monthly May 2014


wikipedia: Ukrainian Naval Aviation

Ukrainian MoD Official Website

IHS Jane’s 360: Russia begins returning Ukraine naval vessels and aircraft

Overview: the Air Forces of Ukraine

Sea Breeze Exercise – Ukrainian Navy at Saki 2012

Scramble: Ukraine Armed Forces

Any photographs illustrating this operator would be welcome.

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