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Carrier Group 5 is the premier carrier battlegroups of the Sultan's Navy, commanded by Admiral Abbas Lahia. The main port of the Carrier Group is Naval Base Surya.

Disbanded in 1987 with the decommissioning of RKN Hisn (Hisan-class Light Aircraft Carrier), the Group was revived in 2000 with the commissioning of the Hukm-class Aircraft Carrier RKN Qalea, which was transferred away in 2017 - in favour of the launched, but not yet commissioned Mirfae-class Heavy Aircraft Carriers RKN Mirfae and RKN Eanqa. Carrier Group 5 was fully commissioned in 2019.

History

First Generation (1937-1953)

Shortly after the group was formed, the group participated in the War of Independence of Markaz. Carrier Group 5 was on station from 1938 to 1940 before returning to Surya for repairs and refits. They were not present when Kian-Sultan signed the official recognition of Markaz.

In 1942, Carrier Group 5 was dispatched to fight the Allaazwrd-Uprising in the Territory of Salalkubz, where they remained until 1945. After another round of repairs, which took until 1947, Carrier Group 5 provided air support for the forces of the Quick Response Force 2 during the Battle of Allaazwrd, which ended the Uprising in 1948.

Returning home for the next two years, until 1950, Carrier Group 5 was dispatched to fight in the Mushkila War of Independence, until being relieved by Carrier Group 2 in 1953. Once home, the vessels of Carrier Group 5, after sixteen years of war-service, were sold for scrap or to allies or converted into museum ships. Carrier Group 5 remained.

Second Generation (1953-1987)

Immediately after the vessels were paid off, Carrier Group 5 received new ships, the new core being the new Shajaea-class Light Aircraft Carriers and two of the new Sakhra-class Aircraft Carriers, RKN Jurf and RKN Siajawatad. With RKN Jurf as flagship, Carrier Group 5 participated in the Mushkila War of Independence, sitting off shore and providing air support or escorting convoys from 1955 to 1957 and from 1960 to 1962. In 1965, Carrier Group 5 was supposed to spent another three years off shore of Mushkila, but in the end, the vessels evacuated the troops still in the country after the official recognition was signed.

In 1973, the Shajaea-class Light Aircraft Carriers were put into reserves, all eight being replaced by four Hisan-class Light Aircraft Carriers. These, and Carrier Group 5, would be a major part of the operative core of the Sultan's Navy for the next 14 years. In 1987, RKN Hisn was decommissioned and Carrier Group 5 disbanded.

Third Generation (2018-today)

Notable officers and men

Composition

Current

Command Squadron
RKN Muhit (Easifa-class Command Ship).
RKN Sabrata (Meninx-class Destroyer).
RKN Serdica (Meninx-class Destroyer).
Carrier Squadron 5-1
RKN Mirfae (Mirfae-class Heavy Aircraft Carrier)
RKN Onoba (Meninx-class Destroyer).
RKN Ibossim (Meninx-class Destroyer).
RKN Caralis (Meninx-class Destroyer).
Carrier Squadron 5-2
RKN Eanqa (Mirfae-class Heavy Aircraft Carrier)
RKN Mtarfa (Meninx-class Destroyer).
RKN Abdera (Meninx-class Destroyer).
RKN Carchemish (Meninx-class Destroyer).

Various support ships can be added depending on the needs.

Coronation Fleet Review for Sultan Kian in 1939

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