|Armada de Republica Dominicana|
|Founded||15 April 1844|
|Size||11,200 personnel, 34 ships|
|Engagements||Dominican War of Independence|
Dominican Civil War
|Rear admiral Ramón Gustavo Betances Hernández|
The Navy of the Dominican Republic (Spanish: Armada de Republica Dominicana (ARD)), is one of the three branches of the Armed Forces of the Dominican Republic, together with the Army and the Air Force.
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After the Dominican Republic gained its independence from Haiti on February 27, 1844, there was a need to create a naval fleet. Three schooners were commissioned for this, Separación Dominicana (flagship), María Chica and Leonor. These were the original three Dominican vessels which were incorporated in the newly created Dominican Navy as authorized by the Junta Central Gubernativa with the Naval Act of 1844 on April 23, 1844, the same day the Navy was created. Even though, the three schooners had been in action since April 15 at the Battle of Tortuguero, where they were led by Admiral Juan Bautista Cambiaso and sank six Haitian ships.
During the Dominican Civil War, a part of the Navy opposed the "Return to the Legitime Government" which was victim of a coup d'état in September 1963 and used the frigate Mella to bombard the National Palace with the help of the Air Force.
On the other side of the conflict, The elite navy force "Hombres Ranas" (Frog Men) under Commander Ramon Montes Arache, fought to bring the 1962 democratically elected president back in office. The other navy commanders were afraid of the "Hombres Ranas" taking control over Las Calderas Naval Base. See United States occupation of the Dominican Republic (1965–1966)
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List of current vessels
|USCG seagoing buoy tender (Mesquite class)||PA-301 Almirante Didiez Burgos||United States||1||The flagship of the Dominican Navy, it was transferred by the United States Coast Guard (USCG) in 2001. It is used for coastal patrol, navigational aid maintenance, midshipman cruises, humanitarian assistance, naval training exercises, troop transport, and at sea refueling. It is armed with two M-2 0.50 caliber machine guns and two single Oerlikon 20 mm cannon, but it can also be armed with two extra 0.50 cal. machine guns, two M60 machine guns and one 3/50 (single) gun.|
|White-class coastal buoy tender||PM-203 Tortuguero
|United States||2||Tortuguero and Capotillo were transferred to the Navy by the USCG in 1999 and in 2002, respectively. They are used for coastal patrol, navigational aids maintenance, midshipman cruises, humanitarian assistance, naval training exercises, and at sea refueling. They are armed with two M2 0.50 cal. machine guns.|
|Coast Guard Division|
|Point-class cutters||GC-101 Aries
|United States||2||They are used for coastal patrol, search and rescue operations, anti-narcotics operations. They are armed with two M2 0.50 cal. machine guns.|
|Seawart-class patrol boat||GC-103 Procion
|United States||4||They were acquired between 1968 and 1971. Between 2003 and 2005 they underwent a general renovation, receiving new engines, new generators, new radars, GPS navigation system, auto-pilot system, etc. They are used for coastal patrols, search and rescue operations, and anti-narcotics operations. They are armed with three M-2 0.50 cal. machine guns.|
|Swiftships 110'-class patrol boat||GC-107 Canopus
|United States||2||Built in 1984 by the Swiftships shipbuilders. Between 2003 and 2005 they underwent a general renovation, receiving new engines, new generators, new radars, a GPS navigation system, and an auto-pilot system. They are used for coastal patrols, search and rescue operations, and anti-narcotics operations. They are armed with two M2 0.50 cal. machine guns, one Oerlikon 20 mm cannon (single) and one M60 machine gun.|
|Swiftships 35-meter patrol boat||GC-112 Altair||United States||1||Built in 2003 by the Swiftships shipbuilders. It is used for coastal patrols, search and rescue operations, and anti-narcotics operations. It is armed with two M2 0.50 cal. machine guns and one single-mounted Oerlikon 20 mm cannon.|
|Swiftships 36 meter||GC-111 Centaurus||United States||1||Built in 1976 by the Swiftships shipbuilders as research vessel for University of Delaware. The Dominican Navy acquired it in 2017. Is used for coastal patrols, search and rescue operations, and anti-narcotics operations.|| EX-Hispaniola in Santo Domingo before was acquired by the ARD.|
|Defiant-class patrol vessel||102 Betelgeuse||United States||1 (1 on order)||Built by the Metal sharks shipbuilders. Used for coastal patrols, search and rescue operations, and anti-narcotics operations.|||
|Salvage and Rescue Unit|
|Damen Stan Patrol 1500-class patrol boat||LR-151 Hamal
|Dominican Republic||3||These patrol boats were built in The Dominican Republic by Astilleros CIRAMAR in 2004. They are used for coastal patrols, search and rescue operations, anti-narcotics operations. These patrol boats are unarmed, but they carry M16 rifles and can be fitted with an M60 machine gun.|
|Interceptor Boat Division|
|32' - 37' Justice Boston whaler-class boat||LI-155 Castor
|United States||13||They are used for coastal and river patrols, search and rescue operations, anti-narcotics operations, and go-fast interdiction. Justice 32' can be armed with a M60 machine gun and Justice 37' with three M60 Machine guns and they carry small arms such as rifles and shotguns.|
|Auxiliary Vessels Division|
|Damen Stan 2608-class tug||RM-2 Guarionex
|Dominican Republic||2||Built in the Dominican Republic by CIRAMAR. They are currently being operated on a lease by the company SVITZER Dominicana.|
|LCU-1600-class landing craft utility||LD-31 Neyba||United States||1|
|Floating docks||DF-1||United States||1||Operated by CIRAMAR.|
|Three-masted barquentine||BE-01 Juan Bautista Cambiaso
||Bulgaria||1||Originally named Royal Helena, the ship was launched on 29 August 2009 in Varna, Bulgaria. She can accommodate up to 37 midshipmen for multiple-day journeys. In 2018 the ship was acquired by the Dominican Navy and renamed Juan Bautista Cambiaso. She is 54 metres (177 ft 2 in) long with a beam of 8 metres (26 ft 3 in).|||
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Commissioned officer ranks
The rank insignia of commissioned officers.
|Rank group||General/flag officers||Senior officers||Junior officers||Officer cadet|
| Dominican Navy
|Almirante||Vicealmirante||Contralmirante||Capitán de navío||Capitán de fragata||Capitán de corbeta||Teniente de navio||Teniente de fragata||Teniente de corbeta||Guardiamarina|
The rank insignia of non-commissioned officers and enlisted personnel.
|Rank group||Senior NCOs||Junior NCOs||Enlisted|
| Dominican Navy
|Sargentos mayores||Sargentos||Cabos||Marineros especialista|
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Marine Infantry Command
Raised in 2008 the MIC serves as the youngest arm of service in the Dominican Navy, which is tasked for amphibious and landing operations. One Marine Battalion is of active service as of the present. It also the youngest Marine unit in all of Latin America.
Source: "Dominican Navy", Wikipedia, Wikimedia Foundation, (2023, March 20th), https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dominican_Navy.
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Armed Forces of the Dominican Republic
Dominican War of Independence
Spanish Marine Infantry
Republic of Spanish Haiti
Dominican Republic National Police
Battle of Tortuguero
Dominican Civil War
Battles of La Naval de Manila
Juan Bautista Cambiaso (ship)
Spanish Republican Navy
Marcio Veloz Maggiolo
José Gabriel García
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