Latvian Navy (pre-WW2)

Operator Profile

Key Facts

Current Title:
Latvijas Jūras aviācijas nodaļa
English Title:
Latvian Naval Aviation Division
First Established:
ICAO Code:


Narrative Summary

The Latvian Navy was first established in August 1919 as a unit (Maritime Division) of the Latvian Army. In January 1922 the Army Aviation Regiment established a Naval Aviation Department to co-operate with the Navy. In 1923 the Department was placed under the direct control of the Navy, thus forming a separate Naval Aviation unit. In May 1926 the Aviation unit was officially expanded to a Naval Aviation Division. In 1936 the Naval Aviation Division became part of the (Army) Aviation Regiment and was renamed Naval Reconnaissance Squadron No.8.

Key Dates

10 August 1919    Maritime Division established by Army Headquarters.
1 January 1922    Maritime Aviation Department created within Army Aviation Regiment.
1923    Maritime Aviation Department placed under direct control of Navy HQ.
1 May 1926    A separate Naval Aviation Division is established.
1936    Naval Aviation Division is absorbed into the Air Force.

Current Status

Transferred to Army in 1936 – not applicable.

Future Plans

Not applicable.


National Insignia


Aircraft Serial Numbers

Latvian naval aircraft were allocated a two-digit serial number between 10 and 29, e.g. Fairey Seal ’26’. Upon transfer to the Army in 1936, the surviving aircraft were re-serialled with three-digit numbers, e.g. the same Fairey Seal became ‘101’.

Unit/Base Codes

Coding system not used.


Aircraft Designations

None – Manufacturers designations used.

Current Aircraft Inventory

Not applicable.

All-Time Aircraft Used List

All-Time Table of Aircraft Used

Aircraft NOT Used

False reports of aircraft on order or in service


Main Headquarters


Organisational Structure

To be added.

Current Order of Battle

Not applicable.

Historical Orders of Battle

List of Historical Orders of Battle – to be added.

All-Time Flying Units List

To be added.

Air Bases

Current Air Bases

Not applicable.

All-Time Air Bases Used List

The main Naval airfield was at Liepaja, but a couple of other airfields were also used.
Military Air Bases Listing – to be added.

More Information


Latvian Military Aviation Bibliography – to be added.

Latvian Air Force 1918-1940, Insignia Air Force Special No.5, Blue Rider 2000


To be added.


Latvian Aviation

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