New Fleet ! The Algerian Navy

New section to be completed over time: The minor navies of the cold war to this day, as it was done for WWI and WW2. This will include about 40 fleets of all sizes and capabilities, and we naturally start by alphabetical order.
To start an overview of minor navies of the cold war and up to this day, alphabetical orders dictates we start with Algeria.

The Algerian Naval Force (القوات البحرية الجزائرية) is the naval branch of the Algerian military, founded after the Independence in 1963, but existing in various guises from 1516 to 1827. This navy operated from bases along the country’s 1,440 km (890 mi) coastline. Primary mission is to defend Algeria’s territorial waters and EEZ, fishery areas and strategic geological assets (potential oil extraction) against foreign intrusions. There is no dedicated coast guard and all maritime safety missions are tasked by the Navy, with a wide range of ships between a 9000 tonnes LHD down to small patrol boats. Projection of forces comprises an amphibious component (three main vessels) plus a corps of “fusiliers marins” (Marines), an air components (16 helicopters), 20 to 25 Frigates and corvettes, a conventional deterrence with six submarines, making the Algerian a top-tier player in the Western Mediterranean, and “blue-green” water navy.

Due to weapons procurement during the war of independence just as other Algerian military branches, Soviet assistance shaped its navy for ships types and structure during the Cold War, but more recently, Algeria started to seek for other sources for equipment, including major ships: Germany, China, Italy, France, UK, Spain, Japan, Poland and Norway…
Algeria also invested its own shipbuilding capacity. Based on this, Algerian built its first domestic ships, the Djebel Chenoua class corvettes in 2002, but during the cold war procurement was almost exclusively Soviet. This article thus will be split in two, the cold war and modern navies, plus plans.

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