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Delivery of FLYVEFISKEN and HAJEN to Lithuania heavily delayed
It can only be assumed that the delay is mainly due to considerable difficulty in obtaining new diesel engines for the two vessels.
The patrol vessel
FLYVEFISKEN seen here after
arriving at Faaborg in May of last year, and she' still there now.
By Johnny E. Balsved
Last year navalhistory.dk reported that the two oldest StandardFlex vessels, FLYVEFISKEN and HAJEN, have been sold to Lithuania. The report was later confirmed by Defence Command Denmark (Forsvarskommandoen).
Subsequently the Danish Defence Acquisition and Logistics Organization (DALO) explained that the two vessels were to be delivered to Lithuania before the end of 2007, after being checked over in a shipyard.
However, anyone who visits Faaborg today can see for themselves that the patrol vessel FLYVEFISKEN is still in the harbor by the Faaborg Ship Yard, just as her sister-ship HAJEN is still firmly tied up alongside the quay at Korsør Naval Base.
It has not been possible to discover the cause or causes of the delay in the delivery of the two patrol vessels to Lithuania, but DALO reports to navalhistory.dk that the delivery of the first patrol vessel is expected to take place late May early June of this year.
However, it's still not possible to set a date for the transfer of the other vessel. It can only be assumed that the delay is mainly due to the considerable difficulty in obtaining new diesel engines for the two vessels.
Amongst other things, the vessels were to have new engines, as the original engines had been used in the new DIANA Class patrol vessels, of which the first two have already been delivered by Faaborg Værft.
Defence Command Denmark reported earlier that DALO were currently working on sourcing new engines for the FLYVEFISKEN Class vessels.
“The proposal was that the Lithuanians would source engines themselves, but they have not had any success in doing so. Now we're trying, but it's difficult because the engines have to be compatible with the vessels' electrics", explained commander Peter Mols from DALO previously.
Translated by Alan Russel (May 18, 2008)
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This page was first published: April 20, 2008 (May 18, 2008)