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Coastal Defense Forces

Protecting the coasts of the Soviet union from attack or invasion from the sea has remained one of the most inportant missions of the Naval Forces. To defend an extensive coastline along three oceans and two inland seas, the Soviet Union has deployed a sizeable and diverse force. Defensing naval bases from attack has been the primary focus of the Coastal Defense Forces. In 1989 the Coastal Rocket and Artillery Troops, consisting of a single division, operasted coastal artillery and naval surface-to- surface missile launches along the approaches to naval bases. A large number of surface combatants, including light frigates, missile attack boats, submarine chasers, guided missile combatants, amphibious craft, and patrol boats of many types, also participated in coastal defense.

Data as of May 1989