The Croatian Navy (Croatian: Hrvatska ratna mornarica or HRM) is a branch of the Croatian Armed Forces. It was formed in 1991 from what Croatian forces managed to capture from the Yugoslav Navy during the Breakup of Yugoslavia and Croatian War of Independence. In addition to mobile coastal missile launchers, today it operates 29 vessels, divided into the Navy Flotilla for traditional naval duties, and the Croatian Coast Guard. Five missile boats form Croatian fleet's main offensive capability.
The following commands were created to carry out the mission of the Croatian Navy: Navy Staff, Navy Flotilla, Coast guard, Sea Surveillance Battalion and Split naval base.
The mission of the Croatian Navy (HRM) is to defend the integrity and sovereignty of the Republic of Croatia, to promote and protect its interest in the Adriatic Sea, islands and coast-lands. It carries and organizes the naval defense of the Republic of Croatia. The Croatian Navy fulfils its role by preparing itself and carrying out the following main tasks:
- Deterring the threat to the Republic of Croatia by maintaining high level of competence, training and technical quality of equipment
- Constant control of the Adriatic Sea and coast-land and monitoring of foreign warships' movement
- Strengthening of the safety conditions on the Adriatic Sea and preserving the integrity of the maritime borders
- Implementation of the program «Partnership for Peace in the Mediterranean».
Croatian Coast Guard racing stripe: