Ukrainian Naval Aviation

Operator Profile


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.

National Markings
Ukrainian Naval Aviation

of the Ukrainian Navy

This section describes and illustrates the various national insignia used by Ukrainian Naval Aviation since its formation:

                  Main Marking                        Fin Flash                      Naval Ensign

1992 – present
The main marking is displayed in the standard six positions on aircraft, and on the fuselage sides or tail fins of helicopters. The fin flash is worn on the fin of fixed-wing aircraft, but not normally worn by helicopters. In place of Navy service titles, most aircraft and helicopters carry the Ukrainian Naval Ensign – either a straight-edged version or a ‘wavy flag’ version. In addition, some Ka-27 helicopters carry Ukrainian Naval Forces titles in cyrillic text directly below the ensign: Військово-Морські Сили України.


All-Time Aircraft Used List
Ukrainian Naval Aviation

Aircraft Type Quantity Service Entry Out of Service Origin
Antonov An-2 ‘Colt’ ? 1992 current AV-MF
Antonov An-12 ‘Cub A’ 2 1992 ? AV-MF
Antonov An-24 ‘Coke’ ? 1992 current AV-MF
Antonov An-26 ‘Curl’ 2 1992 current AV-MF
Beriev Be-12 ‘Mail’ 14 1992 current AV-MF
Ilyushin Il-20 ‘Coot’ 1 1992 ? AV-MF
Kamov Ka-25 ‘Hormone’ 18 1992 1994 AV-MF
Kamov Ka-27 ‘Helix’ 7 1992 current AV-MF
Kamov Ka-29 ‘Helix’ 3 1992 current AV-MF
Mikoyan-Gurevitch MiG-29 ‘Fulcrum’ 35 1992 1998 AV-MF
Mil Mi-8 ‘Hip’ ? 1992 current AV-MF
Mil Mi-14 ‘Haze’ 36 1992 current AV-MF
Sukhoi Su-17 ‘Fitter’ 40 1992 199? AV-MF
Sukhoi Su-25UTG ‘Frogfoot-D’ 5 1997 1998 AV-MF
Sukhoi Su-25 ‘Frogfoot’ 44 1992 2003 AV-MF
Sukhoi Su-27 ‘Flanker’ ? 1992 1995 AV-MF
Tupolev Tu-16 ‘Badger’ 15 1992 1995 AV-MF
Tupolev Tu-22 ‘Blinder’ 16 1992 1995 AV-MF
Tupolev Tu-22M ‘Backfire’ 38 1997 1998 AV-MF
Tupolev Tu-142 ‘Bear’ 8 1997 1998 AV-MF

All-Time Units Listing

of the Ukrainian Navy

This page lists all the flying units of the Ukrainian Navy, since its formation.

2nd MRAD (Naval Missile Aviation Division
5th GvMRAP (Guarda Naval Attack Regiment)
124th MRAP (Naval Attack Regiment)
943rd MRAP (Naval Attack Regiment)
30th ODRAP (Independent Long-range Reconnaissance Aviation Regiment)
229th OSHaP (Independent Strike Aviation Regiment)
100th KIAP (Ship-borne Fighter Aviation Regiment)

? OSAE (Independent Composite Aviation Squadron)
555 OPLVP (Independent Anti-Submarine Helicopter Regiment)

10th Naval Aviation Brigade
Fixed Wing Squadron
Rotary Wing Squadron

Current Aircraft Inventory
Ukrainian Naval Aviation

Aircraft Type Total Del’d Total Active Still on Order Role
Antonov An-2 ‘Colt’ ? 1 0 Transport
Antonov An-24 ‘Coke’ ? 1 0 Transport
Antonov An-26 ‘Curl’ 2 2 0 Transport
Beriev Be-12 ‘Mail’ 14 2 0 SAR
Kamov Ka-27 ‘Helix’ 7 5 0 ASW/SAR
Kamov Ka-29 ‘Helix’ 3 3 0 Assault
Mil Mi-8 ‘Hip’ ? 8 0 Utility
Mil Mi-14 ‘Haze’ 36 4 0 ASW/SAR

Aircraft Not Used

by the Ukrainian Navy

This page gives details of the aircraft types that were offered or promised to the Ukrainian Navy, but not delivered, cancelled official orders, and types have been falsely reported as being in service.

Sukhoi Su-33
The wikipedia page claims that Su-33 were received from Russia in the second half of 1997. No branch of the Ukrainian forces has ever operated the Su-33.

Yakovlev Yak-38 ‘Forger’
Although a number of preserved Yak-38s appear in Ukrainian markings, the Soviet Navy had retired the type in 1991, before Ukrainian Naval Aviation was even established. Therefore, no Yak-38s were ever operated by Ukraine.

Current Order of Battle

of the Ukrainian Navy

Unit Type Base
10th Naval Aviation Brigade
Fixed Wing Squadron An-2, An-26, Be-12 Mykolayiv
Rotary Wing Squadron Ka-27, Ka-29, Mi-14 Mykolayiv

Note: The previous base at Novofedorivka was occupied by Russian Marines in March 2014 and the Ukrainian Navy was forced to evacuate from here on 5 March.

Air Bases and Airfields Used

of the Ukrainian Navy

This page gives details of the air bases and airfields which have been or are used by the Ukrainian Navy.

Location Name ICAO IATA Status
Mirnyi Donuzlav AB UA-0014 (none) Closed
Mykolaiv Mykolayiv AB ? (none) Active
Saky Novofedorivka AB UKFI (none) Abandoned
Ochakiv Ochakiv AB UA-0066 (none) Closed
Oktyabrskoe Oktyabrskoye AB UA-0010 (none) Closed
Petrovka Veseloye AB ? (none) Closed