Yemen Order of Battle

February 23, 2015

The Yemen Order of Battle (ORBAT) describes the structure and disposition of the Yemeni Armed Forces down to the brigade level. It includes units of the Army, Air Force, Navy, Presidential Protective Forces, Special Forces, and Missile Defense Command. It does not include Central Security Forces, which fall under the jurisdiction of the Interior Ministry.

The Yemeni military is not as rigidly structured as other more developed militaries. Its basic hierarchy consists of seven numbered military districts divided geographically. Within these districts the units are sometimes split into axes, which the Critical Threats Project has assessed to be roughly equivalent to a Task Force, each comprising a number of camps and brigades. A Yemeni “brigade” is much smaller than the U.S. equivalent and is estimated to include about 1,500 troops.[1] Former President Ali Abdullah Saleh declined to conduct audits of the military’s assets and personnel, and since brigade commanders were in charge of distributing salaries to their soldiers, brigade sizes were often exaggerated.[2]

The information in this document is drawn in great part from the Yemeni state and Armed Forces media outlets, and uses the most recent data available for commanders and locations.

 
Yemen Order of Battle

Yemen Air Force: YAF
Yemen Army: YA
Yemen Border Guard: YBG
Yemen Navy: YN

 

Military officials appointed to the Supreme Security Committee on February 6, 2015, by the al Houthi-led government will be denoted with “SSC” following their names.

 

Command of the Armed Forces

Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces: Position Unfilled*

Adviser to the President for Security and Military Affairs:** Staff Maj. Gen. Ali Mohsen al Ahmar[3]

Adviser to the Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces:** Maj. Gen. Mohammed Ali al Maqdashi[4]

Yemeni Defense Minister (Acting):[5] Staff Maj. Gen. Mohammed Ahmed Salem al Subaihi (SSC)[6]

Adviser to the Minister of Defense:** Staff Brig. Gen. Ali Aziz al Hujairi[7]

Chief of the General Staff (Acting):[8] Staff Brig. Gen. Hussein Naji Khairan (SSC)[9]

Deputy Chief of the General Staff:** Maj. Gen. Zakaria Mohammed al Shami (SSC)[10]

Chancellery for Military Advisers[11]

Maj. Gen. Mehdi Maqwala

Staff Maj. Gen. Mohammed Saleh al Ahmar

Maj. Gen. Ruwais Abdullah Mujawar

Staff Maj. Gen. Saif Saleh Mohsen al Dhala’i

Maj. Gen. Sharaf Mohammed Ahmed

Brig. Gen. Yahya Abdullah al Saqladi

*Position held by the President of Yemen. Abdu Rabbu Mansour Hadi submitted his resignation on January 22, 2015.
**These positions were appointed by former President Hadi and may be invalidated after Hadi’s resignation.
These advisors were appointed by former President Hadi and may be invalidated after Hadi’s resignation.

 

1st Military District – Sayun, Hadramawt Governorate[12]

Commander: Staff Maj. Gen. Abdul Rahman al Halili[13]

Chief of Staff: Staff Brig. Gen. Abd al Karim Qasem al Zumhi[14]

Chief of Operations: Staff Brig. Gen. Mohammed al Muhamshi[15]

Stationed in Hadramawt Governorate

37th Armored Brigade (Staff Maj. Gen. Abdul Rahman al Halili, YA)[16] – al Khasha’a, Hadramawt[17]

315th Armored Brigade (Staff Brig. Gen. Ahmed Ali Hadi, YA)[18] – Thamud, Hadramawt[19]

23rd Mechanized Brigade (Staff Brig. Gen. Hamoud Naji Daras, YA)[20] – al Abr District, Hadramawt[21]

11th Border Guard Brigade (Staff Brig. Gen. Saleh Timis, YBG)[22] – al Rumah, Hadramawt[23]

135th Infantry Brigade (Staff Brig. Gen. Yahya Mohammed Abu Awja, YA)[24] – al Qatan, Hadramawt[25]

 

2nd Military District – al Mukalla, Hadramawt Governorate[26]

Commander: Maj. Gen. Muhsen Naser Qasem[27]

Chief of Staff: Brig. Gen. Abdul Karim al Saadi[28]

Chief of Operations: Brig. Gen. Ali al Khaymshi[29]

al Riyan Airbase – al Mukalla, Hadramawt Governorate

27th Mechanized Brigade (Staff Brig. Gen. Abdulaziz Qaid al Shamiri, YA)[30] – al Riyan Airbase, al Mukalla, Hadramawt[31]

190th Air Defense Brigade (Staff Brig. Gen. Yahya al Rusayshan, YAF)[32] – al Riyan Airbase, al Mukalla, Hadramawt[33]

Ghaidah Axis (Brig. Gen. Abdullah Mansour)[34] – al Mahrah Governorate

123rd Infantry Brigade (Brig. Gen. Abdullah Mansour, YA)[35] – al Hat Camp, al Mahrah[36]

137th Infantry Brigade (Staff Col. Mohammed Yahya al Qadi, YA)[37] – al Ghaidah District, al Mahrah[38]

Stationed in Socotra Governorate

1st Naval Infantry Brigade (Col. Ahmed Abdul Wali al Dhahab, YN)[39] – Socotra[40]

 

3rd Military District – Ma’rib City, Ma’rib Governorate[41]

Commander: Staff Maj. Gen. Ahmed Saif Muhsen al Yafa’i (SSC)[42]

Chief of Staff: Staff Brig. Gen. Amin Abdullah Hamid al Wa’ili[43]

Chief of Operations: Unknown

Sahn al Jin Camp – Ma’rib City, Ma’rib Governorate

13th Infantry Brigade (Staff Brig. Gen. Ali Mohammed al Faqih, YA)[44] – Sahn al Jin Camp, Ma’rib City, Ma’rib[45]

14th Armored Brigade (Staff Brig. Gen. Mohsen al Da’ari, YA)[46] – Sahn al Jin Camp, Ma’rib City, Ma’rib[47]

180th Air Defense Brigade – Sahn al Jin Camp, Ma’rib City, Ma’rib[48]

Ataq Axis (Brig. Gen. Mohammed Hussein al Jamaa’i)[49] – Ataq, Shabwah Governorate

21st Mechanized Infantry Brigade (Brig. Gen. Mohammed Hussein al Jamaa’i, YA)[50] – Ataq City, Shabwah[51]

19th Infantry Brigade (Brig. Gen. Hamid al Somali, YA)[52] – Bayhan District, Shabwah[53]

Stationed in Shabwah Governorate

2nd Naval Infantry Brigade (Staff Admiral Qasem Rajeh Labouza, YN)[54] – Belhaf, Shabwah[55]

2nd Mountain Infantry Brigade (Brig. Gen. Ahmed Saleh al Hamzi, YA)[56] – al Nusaybah, Shabwah[57]

Stationed in Ma’rib Governorate

107th Infantry Brigade (Staff Brig. Gen. Khaled Nasser Yaslim, YA)[58] – Safir District, Ma’rib[59]

312th Armored Brigade (Brig. Gen. Abdu Rabbu al Shadadi, YA)[60] – Sirwah District, Ma’rib[61]

3rd Mountain Infantry Brigade (Brig. Gen. Mansour Ali A’id, YA)[62] – Ma’rib[63] [Disbanded in place on May 22, 2013.]

 

4th Military District – Aden City, Aden Governorate[64]

Commander: Staff Maj. Gen. Nasir Abdu Rabbu al Taheri[65]

Chief of Staff: Staff Brig. Gen. Saleh Ali Hasan[66]

Chief of Operations: Unknown

Stationed in Aden Governorate

39th Armored Brigade (Staff Brig. Gen. Mehdi Shaklia, YA)[67] – Badr Camp, Khormaksar District, Aden[68]

120th Air Defense Brigade (Staff Brig. Gen. Muhsen Mohammed al Khabi, YAF)[69] – Aden City, Aden[70]

Abyan Axis (Staff Brig. Gen. Haidara Lahtal)[71] – Abyan Governorate

15th Infantry Brigade (Staff Col. Mohammed Ali al Muazeb, YA)[72] – Zinjibar, Abyan[73]

111th Armored Brigade (Brig. Gen. Mohammed Hussein al Bukhaiti, YA)[74] – Ahwar District, Abyan[75]

115th Infantry Brigade (Brig. Gen. Mohammed Abdullah al Shamba, YA)[76] – Shaqra District, Abyan[77] [The 115th Infantry Brigade is in Shaqra District, Abyan, but there is either a unit with the same name or a detachment also stationed in al Jawf.]

119th Infantry Brigade (Staff Brig. Gen. Faisal Rajab, YA)[78] – Jaar, Abyan[79]

Taiz Axis (Staff Brig. Gen. Ali Musad Hussein)[80] – Taiz Governorate

17th Infantry Brigade (Staff Brig. Gen. Saleh Muhsen al Sabari, YA)[81] – Bab al Mandab District, Taiz[82]

170th Air Defense Brigade (Staff Brig. Gen. Abdullah al Haddad, YAF)[83] – Bab al Mandab District, Taiz[84]

35th Armored Brigade (Brig. Gen. Mansour Muhsen Ahmar, YA)[85] – Mocha and Taiz Airport Camp, Taiz[86]

22nd Armored Brigade (Staff Brig. Gen. Hamoud Ahmed Dahmash, YA)[87] – al Janad Camp, Taiz City, Taiz[88]

Anad Axis (Brig. Gen. Marzouk Mohammed Sayadi)[89]Anad Airbase, Lahij Governorate (Staff Brig. Gen. Ali Atiq al Ansi, base commander)

201st Mechanized Brigade (Brig. Gen. Marzouk Mohammed Sayadi, YA)[90] – Anad Airbase, Lahij[91]

90th Aviation Brigade (Staff Brig. Gen. Ali Atiq al Ansi, YAF)[92] – Anad Airbase, Lahij[93]

31st Armored Brigade (Brig. Gen. Abu Bakr Faraj al Atiqi, YA)[94] – Anad Airbase, Lahij[95]

39th Aviation Training Brigade (Saleh Tamis, YAF)[96] – Anad Airbase, Lahij[97]

Stationed in Dhaleh Governorate

33rd Armored Brigade (Staff Brig. Gen. Abdullah Dhabaan, YA)[98] – Dhaleh City, Dhaleh[99]

 

5th Military District – al Hudaydah City, al Hudaydah Governorate[100]

Commander: Staff Maj. Gen. Mohammed Rajeh Labouza[101]

Chief of Staff: Staff Brig. Gen. Ismail Ahmed Ali al Mushki[102]

Chief of Operations: Staff Brig. Gen. Khaled Khalil[103]

al Hudaydah Air Force Base (Staff Brig. Gen. Ali Yahya al Damin)[104] – al Hudaydah Governorate

67th Aviation Brigade (Staff Brig. Gen. Ali Yahya al Damin, YAF)[105] – al Hudaydah Air Force Base, al Hudaydah[106]

130th Air Defense Brigade – al Hudaydah Air Force Base, al Hudaydah[107]

Stationed in al Hudaydah Governorate

82nd Infantry Brigade (Col. Omar Jawhar, YA)[108] – al Salif, Hudaydah[109]

121st Infantry Brigade (Staff Col. Faisal Qasem Saleh Jabari, YA)[110] – al Khawkhah, al Hudaydah[111]

al Malahaidh Axis – Hajjah Governorate

105th Infantry Brigade (Staff Brig. Gen. Abdul Karim al Sayadi, YA)[112] – al Malahaidh, Hajjah[113]

2nd Border Guards Brigade (Ali Amr A’ata, YBG)[114] – Haradh District, Hajjah[115]

Stationed in Hajjah Governorate

25th Mechanized Infantry Brigade (Staff Brig. Gen. Ali Jazaa Ahmed Hydra, YA)[116] – Abs District, Hajjah[117]

 

6th Military District – Amran City, Amran Governorate[118]

Commander: Staff Maj. Gen. Mohammed Yahya Ghaleb al Hawiri[119]

Chief of Staff: Staff Brig. Gen. Nasir Said Ali[120]

Chief of Operations: Staff Col. Ali Mohammed Daifullah al Awadi[121]

Sufyan Axis - Amran Governorate

310th Armored Brigade – Amran City, Amran[122] [Surrendered to al Houthis and likely disbanded in July 2014. Its former commander, Brig. Gen. Hamid al Qushaybi, was killed in July 2014.]

72nd Infantry Brigade (Brig. Gen. Saleh al Hamasi, YA)[123] – Harf Sufyan, Amran[124]

29th Mechanized Infantry (“Giants”) Brigade (Brig. Gen. Hafizullah Ahmed Yahya al Sadmi, YA)[125] – Harf Sufyan, Amran[126]

Sa’ada Axis (Staff Brig. Gen. Hassan Labouza)[127] – Sa’ada Governorate

103rd Infantry Brigade (Staff Brig. Gen. Omabd Mohammed Abdullah, YA)[128] – Sa’ada[129]

127th Infantry Brigade (Col. Jihad Ali Antar, YA)[130] – Sa’ada[131]

133rd Mountain Infantry Brigade (Staff Brig. Gen. Saleh al Mayuf, YA)[132] – Sa’ada[133]

122nd Infantry Brigade (Staff Brig. Gen. Abbas Abdullah Mus’ad, YA)[134] – Sa’ada[135]

1st Artillery Brigade (Brig. Gen. Sadeq Ali Sarhan, YA)[136] – Sa’ada[137]

125th Infantry Brigade (Col. Muhsen al Harmali, YA)[138] – Sa’ada[139]

101st Infantry Brigade (Staff Brig. Gen. Abdul Wahab Abdu Rabbu Qashim, YA)[140] – al Buqa’, Sa’ada[141]

131st Infantry Brigade (Brig. Gen. Fadal Hasan Mohammed, YA)[142] – Kitaf, Sa’ada[143]

al Jawf Axis – al Jawf Governorate

115th Infantry Brigade (Staff Brig. Gen. Adel al Qamiri, YA)[144] – Hazem, al Jawf[145] [The 115th Infantry Brigade is in Shaqra District, Abyan, but there is either a unit with the same name or a detachment also stationed in al Jawf.]

 

7th Military District – Dhamar City, Dhamar Governorate[146]

Commander: Staff Maj. Gen. Ali Muhsen Ali Muthanna[147]

Chief of Staff: Staff Brig. Gen. Ahmed Ali Abadi[148]

Chief of Operations: Staff Brig. Gen. Mohammed al Radi[149]

Stationed in al Bayda Governorate

26th Mechanized Infantry Brigade (Brig. Gen. Khaled Ali Mohammed al Jaifi, YA)[150] – al Sawadiyah, al Bayda[151]

139th Mechanized Infantry Brigade (Col. Ahmed Abdul Wali Mohammed al Dhahab, YA)[152] – Rada’a, al Bayda[153]

117th Mechanized Infantry (al Majed) Brigade (Ali Ahmed al Hayani, YA)[154] – al Mukayras, al Bayda[155]

Stationed in Ibb Governorate

30th Armored Brigade (Staff Brig. Gen. Mohammed Hajab, YA)[156] – Hamza Camp, Ibb[157]

55th Artillery Brigade (Brig. Gen. Mohammed al Sayani, YA)[158] – Yarim, Ibb[159]

203rd Mechanized Infantry Brigade – Ibb[160]

Stationed in Amran Governorate

9th Mechanized Infantry Brigade (Brig. Gen. Ali Dhafif, YA)[161] – Amran[162] [The 9th Mechanized Infantry Brigade may also be under the jurisdiction of the 6th Military District, which is headquartered in Amran.]

 

Defense Reserve Forces – Sawad Camp, Sana’a Governorate[163]

Commander: Maj. Gen. Mohammed al Jaifi (SSC)[164]

Chief of Staff: Staff Brig. Gen. Sanad Abdullah Mohammed al Rahwa[165]

Stationed in Sana’a Governorate

61st Artillery Brigade – al Sawad Camp, Sana’a[166]

102nd Mountain Infantry Brigade (Brig. Gen. Hamid al Tawiti, YA)[167] – al Jumaymah, Bani Hushaysh, Sana’a[168]

63rd Mechanized Infantry Brigade – Bani Jarmouz, Nihm District, Sana’a[169]

7th Infantry Brigade (Brig. Gen. Taher Sabran Qasem, YA)[170] – Khawlan District, Sana’a[171]

Deployed to Anad Airbase, Lahij Governorate

4th Armored Brigade (Defense Reserve Forces) (Staff Brig. Gen. Mohammed Abdullah al Sayaghi, YA)[172] – Anad Airbase, Lahij[173]

al Sami Axis – Sana’a Governorate

62nd Mechanized Infantry Brigade (Brig. Gen. Khaled al Jaifi al Main, YA)[174] – al Farijah Camp, Arhab District, Sana’a[175]

83rd Artillery Brigade – Sana’a

 

Bureau of Logistical Support (Staff Maj. Gen. Ahmed al Wali) – Haffa Camp, Sana’a Governorate

89th Infantry Brigade (Staff Brig. Gen. Mohammed Ali Sanad) – Haffa Camp, Sana’a[176]

Ghamdan Brigade (Staff Brig. Gen. Ahmed al Ansi) – Haffa Camp, Sana’a[177]

 

Strategic Reserve Forces

 

Special Operations Command

Commander: Staff Brig. Gen. Majali Mijidia al Muradi[178]

Chief of Staff: Staff Brig. Gen. Abd al Raqib Thabit al Subaihi (SSC)[179]

 

Special Forces Brigade (Staff Brig. Gen. Ahmed Hussein Dahhan al Shiani)[180]

1st Mountain Infantry Brigade (Mohammed Ahmed al Jaradi)[181]

10th Storm Brigade (Col Salim Muhsen Musad Zarman)[182] – Bajil, al Hudaydah[183]

Counter-terrorism Units (task-assigned)

 

Missile Defense Command / Missile Batteries Group

Commander: Staff Brig. Gen. Mohammed Nasir Ahmed al Atefi[184]

Chief of Operations: Col. Ahmed Ali Ahmed Masoud[185]

Sabra Camp – Bilad al Rus, Sana’a Governorate

8th Missile Brigade (Col. Masoud Ahmed Hussein al Ghabash)[186] – Sabra Camp, Bilad al Rus, Sana’a[187]

Unknown Location

5th Missile Brigade (Col. Mansour Abdullah Hussein al Tarmah)[188]

6th Missile Brigade

 

Presidential Protective Forces

Commander: Staff Brig. Gen. Saleh Mohammed al Jaeemalani[189]

Stationed in Sana’a City[190]

1st Presidential Guard Brigade (Staff Brig. Gen. Saleh Mohammed al Jaeemalani)[191]

2nd Presidential Guard Brigade

3rd Armored Presidential Guard Brigade

314th (4th) Armored Presidential Guard Brigade (Staff Brig. Gen. Hussein Muhsen al Maqdad)[192]

 

Naval and Coastal Defense Forces

Commander: Staff Brig. Gen. Abdullah Salem al Nukhai[193]

 

Aviation and Air Defense Forces

Commander: Maj. Gen. Rashed Naser al Janad[194]

Daylami Airbase – Sana’a Governorate

2nd Aviation Brigade (Staff Brig. Gen. Ahmed Mohammed al Shami, YAF)[195] – Daylami Airbase, Sana’a

4th Aviation Brigade (Staff Col. Zaid Ali al Akuwa, YAF)[196] – Daylami Airbase, Sana’a

6th Aviation Brigade – Daylami Airbase, Sana’a

8th Aviation Brigade (Brig. Gen. Omar Said Saleh, YAF)[197] – Daylami Airbase, Sana’a

10th Aviation Brigade – Daylami Airbase, Sana’a

101st Air Defense Brigade – Daylami Airbase, Sana’a

110th Air Defense Brigade – Daylami Airbase, Sana’a

Stationed in Sana’a City

140th Air Defense Brigade

160th Air Defense Brigade

 


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