The Uruguayan navy consists of an oceangoing force, a naval air arm and a single naval infantry battalion. Naval operations are supported by the Prefectura Naval, a paramilitary coast guard organization established in 1981, which operates its own small fleet of patrol craft.
Maintenance, modernization and acquisition are issues for the navy. Two ex-Portuguese vessels are almost 50 years old.
Most of the naval units are concentrated in the estuary of the Rio de la Plata.
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