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The Warships of Uzbekistan--A Doubly Landlocked Nation

While doing research for my post about Russia's naval fleet on the vanishing Aral Sea, I encountered evidence that Uzbekistan has at least two active warships.

This is remarkable. Although a few landlocked nations maintain navies, Uzbekistan is not only landlocked, but doubly landlocked. That means that Uzbekistan is completely surrounded by landlocked nations. It and Liechtenstein are the only two such nations in the world.

RusNavy, a website about Russian naval affairs, offers what it claims is an English translation of a Russian military journal article about the Uzbek acquisition of two Ukrainian-built armored patrol boats. The US paid for the purchase of these two boats, a claim supported by this State Department website. The Gurza-class patrol boats are typically armed with 7.62 and 30 mm machine guns and a grenade launcher. The boats will patrol Uzbekistan's rivers, such as the Amu-Darya, which forms the border between that nation and Afghanistan.

Pictured above is a photo of what internet rumor alleges is one of the Uzbek warships.


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