The Commanders Respond: Croatian Navy

In the future our navy will maintain the basic capabilities for the implementation of traditional tasks and operations and continue to develop its capabilities for implementation of nontraditional tasks and responses to asymmetric threats. In that context we are preparing a ship to participate in NATO’s Operation Active Endeavour and plan to start building patrol vessels for our coast guard, which is an integral part of the navy.

Throughout the next five years we expect to participate in international (United Nations-NATO-European Union) maritime operations in the Mediterranean. We plan to train and equip our mine-countermeasures diver unit so it can be ready to deploy and operate out of our AOR.

Our maritime-security capabilities will be enhanced significantly with the construction of coastal-patrol vessels over the next ten years. The navy also plans to develop a diving training center that we hope will earn regional recognition not only for training, but in the area of underwater technologies development and testing as well.

In the second decade, our capability to protect maritime security in the Adriatic will be even more enhanced with the planned introduction and deployment of offshore-patrol vessels, which will allow us to operate out of our primary AOR in the Mediterranean and its approach routes. The development vision for our navy is clear, but in the end, the realization of many goals and projects depends on the economy and the financial capabilities of the Republic of Croatia.

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