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New Arctic Patrol Vessels:
First Polish built Hull for new Danish patrol vessel delivered to Skagen
The completed hull for the first of two new Danish arctic patrol vessels was last week towed from Gdansk in Poland to Karstensens Ship Yard in Skagen.
The first hull for the new arctic patrol vessels arrived last
week at Karstensens Ship Yard in Skagen.
By Johnny E. Balsved
The completed hull for the first of two new Danish arctic patrol vessels was last week towed from Gdansk in Poland to Karstensens Ship Yard in Skagen in Northern Jutland.
The hull was launched October 19, and after installation of propulsion, gear and deckhouse, the hull was ready for delivery to the Danish ship yard that are now ready to complete the vessel within the next year.
The contract for the contruction and building of two new artic patrol vessels for the Royal Danish Navy was signed in December 2004, between the Naval Material Command and Karstensens Ship Yard A/S in Skagen, and the pro-duction started in September 2005.
Aft there is a helo deck, but the vessels
will have no hangar facilities to accomate a helicopter on board, and a
ramp for the landing craft.
The hulls and propulsion are produced by the Polish ship yard Stocznia Pólnocna (Northern Shipyard) in Gdansk, who has previously delivered hulls to the Danish ship yard. After launching and motor installations the hulls are towed to Skagen, where the Danish ship yard wil take care of the rest of the installations.
The installation of military equipment, i.e. command and communication system etc., will be made by the Naval Material Command after final delivery has taken place from the ship yard.
On the new vessels, however, these crafts are primarily intended for search and rescue missons, as they can quickly assist in shallow waters, and they have the ability to saily in icy conditions.
The small and fast crafts can also be used to support local authorities in the North Atlantic region.
Aft there is a helo deck, but the vessels will have no hangar facilities to accomate a helicopter on board.
Operational from 2008
The new arctic patrol vessels are designed to operate in the North Atalantic Area and can solve the duties in the area, which primarily are surveillance, sovereignty protection, fishery protection, search and rescue operations etc.
But the vessels are also designed to could participate in international operations outside the North Atlantic region.
The new vessels will replace two of the older and much smaller arctic patrol cutters af the AGDLEK Class, AGDLEK and AGPA, which were both comissioned in 1974 and are due for a late retirement, and they will also serve as a replacement for the earlier off shore patrol frigate BESKYTTEREN, who was decomission in 2000.
First new arctic patrol vessel are sheduled for delivery to the Navy from Karstensens Ship Yard by the end of 2007 and is planned to be fully operational in June of 2008. The second vessel of this class are planed for delivery six months later.
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This page was first published: November 20, 2006