The U.A.E. navy was established Feb. 1, 1978, with the incorporation of the Abu Dhabi Defense Force Sea Wing with the other maritime services. The present Emirati navy is primarily a coastal patrol and surveillance force with limited, but growing, interdiction capability. Recent acquisitions of more capable anti-air and anti-submarine warfare ships have increased the navy's blue-water and offshore economic zone patrol capabilities.
A coast guard (full name: the Critical...
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