Azanian Navy

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Azanian Navy
Seal of the Azanian Navy.svg
Emblem of the Azanian Navy
Founded November 8, 1864; 155 years ago (1864-11-08)
Country  Azania
Branch Navy
Role Naval warfare
Size 677,009 active duty personnel
207,536 reserve personnel
561,474 civilian employees
423 deployable ships
out of 692 total ships
5,633 manned aircraft
Part of Department of Defense
Headquarters The Wall, Independence, D.L., Azania
Motto(s) "Nos Vincere Semper" (English: "We Always Overcome")
Colors Black, Maroon, White
              
March "TBD"
Fleet 8 aircraft carriers
44 amphibious assault ships
4 amphibious command ships
26 amphibious transport docks
14 cruisers
188 destroyers
102 frigates
24 mine countermeasure vessels
146 patrol ships
238 submarines
22 replenishment ships
(267 auxiliaries}
Commanders
Commander-in-Chief Flag of the President of Azania.svg President Joseph Durham III
Secretary of Defense Lázaro dos Anjos
Chief of Naval Operations ADM Kelly Gaston
Vice Chief of Naval Operations ADM Jeffery Sellers
Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy MCPON Logan Gilchrist
Insignia
Ensign 100px
Jack 100px
Pennant 200px

The Azanian Navy (AZN) is the naval warfare branch of the Azanian Armed Forces and one of the six uniformed branches of Azanian military. The navy boasts the world's largest carrier fleet, with eight in active service and two more under construction. It has 423 deployable combat vessels out of a total of 692 warships, 5,633 operational manned aircraft, and 677,009 active duty personnel with another 207,536 navy reservists, making it the largest navy in the world in terms of tonnage and world's largest in terms of total personnel. The Azanian Navy is also one of the fastest growing navies in the world, with an additional 200 combat vessels planned for construction over the next two decades following the decommissioning of nearly half of the navy during the post-Cold War era of the 1990s, and the realignment of the world's geopolitical stage.

Originating as a small customs fleet and anti-slavery outside off the western coast of Central Africa, the Azanian Navy was staffed by former black sailors of the now-defunct United States Navy. Comprising more than a sixth of all naval personnel at the time in the old Union Navy, the free black sailors of the United States left the country for Azania in the 1860s to find work and refuge away from the chaos that was the War of Contingency during the breakup of the United States. Taking full advantage of this core of experienced naval personnel, the Azanian Navy was established four years after the country's declaration of independence in 1864. With the arrival of African American and Afro-Brazilian tradesmen to the country during the numerous waves of migration to Azania, a new and greatly expanded Azanian Navy was constructed to ensure the republic's security from piracy and slave traders lurking off the coast of Azania. From then on, the Azanian Navy would play a crucial role in the invasion of Angola in 1883, as well as a major naval power during the Battle of the Atlantic in Great War I. As of the 21st century, the Azanian Navy maintains a commanding presence on the world stage, deploying fleets across the globe to combat piracy and rogue state actors in the crisis regions or sites of vital international trade. It is a blue-water navy with the capability to project force to any location in the world, as well as take part in humanitarian operations, and rapidly respond to regional crises for the sake of peace and security.

The navy is administered by the Azanian Commission for Naval Policy, which is monitored and directed by a civilian holding the office of Secretary of Defense. The most senior member of the Azanian Navy is the Chief of Naval Operations.