Military : Navy
In 1985 the navy consisted of approximately 4,000 regular and
2,500 reserve officers and men. The navy, lacking parity with the
other services, was under the army's Latakia regional command.
The fleet was based in the ports of Latakia, Baniyas, Minat al
Bayda, and Tartus. Among the 41 vessel fleet were 2 or 3 Soviet
submarines (including 2 Romeo-type diesel-electric submarines,
transferred by the Soviet Navy in 1985), 22 missile attack craft
(including 10 advanced Osa II missile boats), 2 submarine
chasers, 4 mine warfare vessels, 8 gunboats, 6 patrol craft, 4
missile corvettes (on order), 3 landing craft (on order), 1
torpedo recovery vessel and, as part of its coastal defense
system, Sepal shore-to-sea missiles with a range of 300
(see table 12, Major Navy Equipment, Appendix).
Data as of April 1987