| Hurian Navy|
Emblem of the Hurian Navy
|Founded||11 May 1891|
|Size|| 283,865 personnel|
3125 combat aircraft
ten aircraft carriers
13 amphibious assault ships
11 amphibious transport docks
11 dock landing ships
22 littoral combat ships
|Part of||Hurian Armed Forces|
|Patron||Supreme Commander of the Hurian Federation|
|Motto||"We own the seas"|
|Colors||Black & White|
|Surpeme Commander||Maurice Williams|
|War Minister||Nandi Mashaba|
|Grand Admiral||Mariama Karamoko|
The Hurian Navy is the branch of of the Hurian Armed Forces tasked with handling all naval operations of the military. The navy is responsible for patrolling and defending Hurian waters, and fighting the enemy naval forces it detects or comes into contact with. The Hurian Navy controlled directly by the Supreme Commander of the Hurian Federation. However, the War Council of the Hurian Federation is charged with overseeing it for him, and does so through the naval commander, who is currently Grand Admiral Mariama Karamoko.
Treated with a level of respect few other navy's receive, the Hurian Navy has been active in numerous world conflicts operating far from the homeland at times. As the largest navy in the Indian Ocean, the Hurian Navy has taken up the role as enforcer of the peace, combating piracy and smuggling. The force consists of 283,865 men and women, and about 372 warships of nearly all sizes, shapes, and configurations. Additionally, there are some 3125 aircraft assigned to the navy for usage, plus the Hurian Coast Guard which is responsible for littoral patrols, and the Hurian Marine Corps who are attached to the navy as their land-based attack arm.
See also: List of current ships in the Hurian Navy
The names of commissioned ships in the Hurian Navy are prefixed with the letters "HFV", designating "Hurian Federation Vessel". Non-commissioned, civilian-manned vessels of the Navy have a separate prefix, "HNCV" for "Hurian Non-Combat Vessel". The Directorate-General of the Navy selects the names of the ships constructed and commissioned by the Hurian Federation, often to honor important people or places. Additionally, each ship is given a letter-based hull classification symbol (such as ACV or SS) to indicate the vessel's type and number.
All ships in the Navy inventory are placed in the Naval Vessel Register, which is part of "the Navy List" (required by Article 29 of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea). The Register tracks data such as the current status of a ship, the date of its commissioning, and the date of its decommissioning. Vessels that are removed from the register prior to disposal are said to be stricken from the register. The Hurian Navy also maintains a reserve fleet of inactive vessels that are maintained for reactivation in times of need.
The navy established a minimum requirement of at least ten aircraft carriers to be in active service at any given time. This has allowed Huria to maintain a strong presence around the world, rivaled only by the United States with its eleven aircraft carriers. Like the United States, a Hurian aircraft carrier is typically at the heart of a carrier strike group, which consists of many smaller warships and navy vessels. The carriers are typically protected by four or five Aegis destroyers, two frigates, and three attack submarines, all of which are to protect the carrier from land, sea, and air attacks. An ammunition, oiler, and supply ship provide for the carrier's logistical needs. All Hurian aircraft carriers are named after members of the Williams family (in the order of Supreme Commander–>spouse–>siblings).
- Othello Williams-class (three in commission)
- Quentin Williams-class (seven in commission)
- Rollace Williams-class (one under construction, three more planned)
Amphibious warfare vessels
Amphibious assault vessels form the core of the navy's land strike capabilities. They are fulfill the same power projection role of aircraft carriers, though instead of aircraft and bombers, their striking forces are comprised land forces. They can fully deliver, supply, command, and coordinate 3000-man Marine Expeditionary Units to oversea locations, and provide aerial support, and land amphibious combat vehicles to their locations to aid the attack force.
They resemble aircraft carriers on a smaller scale, though instead of combat aircraft, they typically carry VTOL, V/STOL, tilt rotor, and rotary-wing aircraft, which are more flexible and capable support attacks pinned-down during battle, and can provide much more accurate weapons support. Recently, amphibious assault ships have begun to be deployed as the core of an expeditionary strike group, which usually consists of an additional amphibious transport dock and dock landing ship for amphibious warfare and an Aegis-equipped cruiser and destroyer, frigate and attack submarine for group defense.
- Mamba-class (two in commission, six decommissioned)
- Nyingu-class (11 in commission)
- Huria-class (three under construction, ten more planned)
Amphibious transport docks are the warships the embark, transport, and land the Marine forces, their supplies and equipment during amphibious missions. They can serve as secondary aviation support vessels given their large landing pads. All amphibious transport docks are capable of operating helicopters, LCACs, and other conventional amphibious vehicles, and can land the powerful Expeditionary Fighting Vehicles (EFVs) and Marine Personnel Carrier (MPCs).
- Mombasa-class (three in commission, seven decommissioned)
- Zanzibar-class (eight in commission, seven under construction, four more planned)
The dock landing ship is a medium is a medium amphibious transport that is designed specifically to support and operate Landing Craft Air Cushions (LCACs), Huria, the United States, and Japan being the only three nations known to use them. However, they are known to be capable of handling other types of amphibious assault vehicles in the Hurian inventory are well. Dock landing ships are normally deployed as a component of an expeditionary strike group's amphibious assault contingent, operating as a secondary launch platform for LCACs. All dock landing ships are named after locations in the Hurian Federation.
- Isoraka-class (one in commission, five decommissioned)
- Langata-class (three in commission, two decommissioned)
- Kikuyu-class (seven in commission, three under construction, two more planned)
The Hurians have always been advent seafarers, and thus had a number of naval vessels for direct combat in service. They ever kept their battleships around as a statement piece, but during the 1980s, these were upgraded to include the Hurians' thermal energy weapons, lightning defenses, and electric reactive armor. Given the threat of the United States' Aegis combat system, many of the Hurian battleships have since been designed to circumvent the issue using advanced missile technologies such as the stealth missile, to bypass the advanced targeting systems of the Aegis computers. This led to the development of the Kitara cruise missile, which was designed with stealth capabilities for usage aboard Hurian cruisers and frigates. All Hurian battleships are named after old tribes in Huria.
- Hadza-class (two in commission, seven decommissioned, one in reserve)
- Kara-class (eight in commission, two under construction, five more planned)
Cruisers are generally regarded as the largest non-battleship vessels a national navy can deploy. Currently, Huria along with the United States, Russia, and Chile operate the only cruisers in the world. They can conduct anti-air/anti-missile warfare, surface warfare, anti-submarine warfare, and strike operations independently or as members of a larger task force. Unlike foreign cruiser, however, Hurian cruisers are far more advanced and capable of carrying out a particular mission in a much more comfortable fashion than another cruiser would. Like the battleships of the Hurian navy, cruisers are named after former tribes in Huria.
- Shirazi-class (31 in commission, four under construction)
Destroyers form the core of the Hurian naval forces, constituting a considerable portion of the fighting ships available to Huria. Serving as a multipurpose fighting vessel, destroyers are capable of operating alone or in groups, usually numbering two to three in accordance to Hurian naval traditions. Like the rest of the major warships in the Hurian navy, destroyers are equipped with Kitara missiles, thermal weapon batteries, and electric reactive armor, and also bare anti-submarine weaponry such as death charges and anti-submarine rockets, as well as HH-34 Bahari helicopters to combat underwater threats.
- (71 in commission, three under construction, two more planned)
- (six in commission, five under construction, seven more planned)
- (one in commission, one under construction, ten more planned)
Frigates are the workhorses of coastal patrol operations and general military defense duties close to home. They are generally outdated as a group, largely due in part to the Littoral Combat Program launched in 1990 by the Navy. The LCP program seeks to replace the Hurian frigate fleet by 2015, and serve as the primary close-to-home naval fleet. However, in the mean time, Huria maintains a frigate fleet which is far smaller than those fielded by the rest of the world. All frigates are named after districts in Huria. The same system goes for that of the littoral ships.
- Vakinankaratra-class (seven in commission, 18 decommissioned)
- Buvuma-class (22 in commission, six under construction, 31 more planned)
The Hurian Navy consists of 372 warships, all of which are divided into five fleets, each is tasked with patrolling a certain portion of the globe, and ensuring Hurian interests in a particular region are protected by sea.