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Feature 7 | NORDIC NAVIES
Haminas, armed with Swedish RBS-15 an electronic intelligence gathering ship ships have replaced the 40-year-old,
anti-ship missiles, and Umkhonto, have and replace HSwMS Orion. trawler-like, Ø class while the Home
become operational to augment the For operations supporting coastal Guard continues to receive 11 95ton
Raumas. Across the Gulf of Bothnia in defence units Sweden has some 145 of the MHV 900 class coastal patrol boats to
Sweden things have been less smooth, 20-year-old Combatbåt 90, which is also replace the MHV 90 class, with the Søby
with threats not only to the underwater produced in Mexico and sold to Malaysia. yard delivering the last in November 2009,
force but also the surface combatants. A successor to these 19ton multirole craft although a twelfth may be ordered.
All five of the highly sophisticated Visby is in the pipeline as Combatbåt 2010M, All six of the 138ton Holm (SF Mk
class corvettes have now been completed, with a prototype on order armed with I) class multirole craft have now been
but their voyage to full operational 120mm mortar and it is anticipated that delivered by Danish Yacht. Their roles
capability is proceeding at a glacial successful trials will lead to an order for may be changed by installing the relevant
pace. HSwMS Visby and her first three four in 2011. Stanflex container; HDMS Birkholm
sister ships have reached a provisional Denmark will strengthen its Greenland and Hirsholm are inshore survey craft
operational capability; it is, however, patrols with the two Knud Rasmussen replacing HDMS Ska 13 and Ska 14,
certainly not the standard originally class arctic patrol vessels. The hulls of HDMS Ertholm and Alholm are training
envisaged. There is now no helicopter these 1720ton ships were built in Gdansk vessels while the last ships will be mine
hanger and there are some doubts by by Stocznia Pólnocna and then fitted out countermeasures drones.
foreign observers about plans to embark by the Karstensens yard at Skagen. The Often overlooked in a review of Nordic
a surface-to-air missile system. second ship has been named HDMS Ejnar navies is Iceland, which has been hit harder
These 620ton ships feature very low Mikkelsen and will replace the 34-year-old than most by the current global economic
radar cross sections thanks to carbon HDMS Agdlek in February 2009. turmoil over the past few months.
fibre-reinforced plastic hulls and radar These vessels also exploit the Stanflex In October 2007, Reykjavik ordered
absorbent material in the superstructure. concept with four containers that can from Chile’s Asmar yard a Rolls-Royce
But it remains to be seen whether this convert it from a lightly-armed patrol boat Marine Ulstein UT512L ship similar
concept will be followed by other navies, with a couple of 0.50 calibre (12.7mm) to the Norwegian KV Harstad to
or even the Swedish Navy. heavy machine guns to a corvette with replace Odinn.
Meanwhile, there has been a U-turn 76mm gun, RIM-7 SeaSparrow missiles The 4000ton ship was to have been
with the two Göteborg class corvettes that and possibly MU 90 lightweight torpedoes. delivered in the summer of 2009, but with
were to have been retained when the Visbys To assist this process they also use Terma Iceland on the edge of bankruptcy some
became operational. It now appears that C-Flex, in a concept increasingly used by doubts were expressed about the future
the appearance of the new corvettes will the UK with CMS and the Spanish Navy of the order. However, the Icelandic
mean the demise of the old ones. However, with Scomba. authorities have apparently informed
the 3300ton minelayer/training-ship Most of the six Diana (SF II) class have Asmar that, given the importance of
HSwMS Carlskrona, the largest surface been delivered by Sweden’s Kockums and fishery protection to the economy,
combatant of the Royal Swedish Navy, has then been fitted out by Faaborg with a payments will continue although the
been reprieved. She will be converted to single Stanflex container. These 276ton delivery may be delayed. WT
The fate of the Swedish submarine force remains uncertain.
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