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The four cutters have rendered distinguished service, but now it's almost over
On Wednesday, April 23, four strikes of the hammer at an auction of surplus military equipment will determine the future of four of the Danish Navy's and Naval Home Guard's long-serving cutters.
The arctic patrol cutter
AGDLEK, seen here
in Greenland waters.
By Johnny E. Balsved
The four cutters have rendered distinguished service, but now it's almost over, after a combined total of nearly 140 years' Navy and Naval Home Guard service.
On Wednesday 23 April, four strikes of the hammer at an auction of surplus military auction will determine the future of two of the Navy's and two of the Naval Home Guard's long-serving cutters, which all entered service during 1973-75.
Catalogue number 208-210
The first cutter to sold off at the auction in Hjørring, with catalogue number 208, will be the naval cutter FARØ (Y306). It entered service with the Navy on February 6, 1973 and is therefore the oldest of the four cutters to go under the hammer.
In contrast to the latter two, FARØ is the first of the naval cutters from the second series to leave Navy service. The three second series vessels all feature extended enclosed bridges, whilst the bridges of the previous six cutters were only partially enclosed.
Two MHV 90-class Home Guard cutters are going under the hammer as catalogue numbers 209 and 210, viz MHV 91 BRIGADEN, which entered Naval Home Guard service in March 1974, and MHV 93 HVIDSTEN, which entered service in June 1975, making her the “youngest” of the fours cutters being offered for sale.
HVIDSTEN was replaced earlier this year by MHV 907, which received the same name. Therefore it can’t be excluded that MHV 908, which is due to join the Aarhus flotilla in June, will bear the name BRIGADEN.
The naval cutter
Continued career afloat
The final cutter to go under the hammer in Hjørring on the day of the auction is the arctic patrol cutter AGDLEK, which entered Navy service on March 12, 1974. With a length of over 31 meters and displacement of over 330 tons she is by far the largest of the four cutters on offer.
Even without a detailed examination of the cutters' logbooks, it's probably fair to say that AGDLEK is the cutter which has covered the greatest distance over the years. AGDLEK was replaced earlier this year by the offshore patrol vessel KNUD RASMUSSEN, which at this very moment is conducting sea-trials off Greenland.
The auction in Hjørring offers the opportunity to
acquire a long-serving cutter, which presumably can look forward to many years
afloat ahead of it.
Naval Home Guard cutter MHV 93
Translated by Alan Russel (May 4, 2008)
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