Commander of Navy Captain (Navy) Sten Sepper CV

Naval Headquarters:


Phone: +372 717 7000
E-mail: navyhq[at]mil.ee

Naval Base:
Phone: +372 717 7100
Fax: +372 717 7008
E-mail: navyhq[at]mil.ee

Naval Flotilla:
Phone: +372 717 7200
Fax: +372 717 7008
E-mail: navyhq[at]mil.ee

Estonian Navy slogan is Call of the Sea – Call to Defend.


The Navy is responsible for protecting the territorial waters of Estonia. In case of a crisis situation the Navy must be ready to defend sea approaches, harbour areas, sea lines of communication and to co-operate with coalition units.

Mine warfare


The top priority for the Navy is the development of mine countermeasures capability that is also one of the Navy's peacetime responsibilities: during World War I and II more than 80 000 sea mines were laid in the Baltic Sea. Since 1995 number of mine clearance operations have been carried out in Estonian waters in close co-operation with other navies of the Baltic Sea region in order to find and dispose ordnance and contribute to safe seagoing.

International co-operation

Since 1995 Estonian Navy ships have participated in most of the major international exercises and operations carried out in the Baltic Sea.

Even though it was not until 1994 when the Navy was re-established and despite of the fact that it incorporates one of the smallest fleets in the world, the young crews of the Navy ships have demonstrated excellent interoperability during international exercises and have proved to be equal partners with other navies.

NATO Mine Countermeasures Group

Standing NATO Mine Countermeasures Group 1 (SNMCMG1) is one of the main partners of Estonian Navy in NATO. Estonia was first to contribute the force both with the staff and support ship and with the minehunter.

EU NAVFOR mission ATALANTA in Somalia

Estonian Navy also contributes to European Union and United Nation defence and humanitarian aid programmmes by working closely with German and French partners. By providing ship protection teams Estonian Navy takes part in the EU Naval Force (NAVFOR) mission ATALANTA to improve maritime security off the coast of Somalia and in the Indian Ocean.

Baltic Naval Squadron - BALTRON


In 1998 Baltic Naval Squadron - BALTRON was inaugurated. The main responsibility of BALTRON is to improve the co-operation between the Baltic States in the areas of naval defence and security. Constant readiness to contribute units to NATO-led operations is assured through BALTRON.

Sea Surveillance Co-operation Baltic Sea SUCBAS

Estonian Navy is part of the Sea Surveillance Co-operation Baltic Sea (SUCBAS) organization. SUCBAS is a cornerstone for sea surveillance information exchange and co-operation within the Baltic Sea area and its approaches. The aim of the co-operation is to enhance Maritime Situational Awareness benefiting maritime safety, security, environmental and law enforcement activities in the region by sharing relevant maritime data, information and knowledge between the participants.


Most of the Estonian Navy officers have been trained in European or US naval academies. In 2003 Estonian Navy established its own Centre of Naval Education and Training (CNET) to train non-commissioned officers.

Each Baltic state shares its limited training resources with the others, for instance Estonia provides communications training in Baltic Naval Communications School in Tallinn and Latvia hosts common Baltic Naval Diving Training Centre in Liepaja.

Medium term goals

  • Maintain the readiness of three ships for participation in NATO-led operations, both independently or as a part of BALTRON;
  • Continue the development of mine countermeasures capability, including the mine database;
  • Develop national Naval and Maritime Integrated C31 System; continue the development of Centre for Naval Education and Training.

Headquarters of the Estonian Defence Forces, 717 1900, mil[at]mil.ee, Juhkentali 58, EE15007, Tallinn, Estonia.

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