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Norway put up for sale 7 warships

Norway put up for sale 7 warships 15.09.2010
Text: armstrade.org
Photo: Super Hauk class missile boat. WerWil
Norwegian Defense Logistic Organization (NDLO) put up decommissioned ships for sale. The list proposed by foreign orderers includes Horten-type supply ship and six Super Hauk class fast-speed guided missile boats, reports Jane's Defense Weekly.

Commissioned in 1978 supply ship Horten was used as a floating base for submarines and fast-speed boats, and also for training purposes. NDLO appraised the ship's residual value as NOK 45 mln (5.13 mln euro).

According to the NDLO representative, 2,530-ton ship located at Naval Base Hokonsvern will be sold along with spare parts set and technical documentation. NDLO also offers to provide crew training course.

The sell requires approval of Norwegian and the US governments, since some on-board equipment was produced by American companies. A buyer should fulfill American legislation related to arms export control.

Among marketed six Super Hauk class missile boats are Tjeld (P 989), Jo (P 992), Stegg (P 994), Falk (P 995), Ravn (P 996) and Geir (P 998). Fourteen Hauk-type missile boats were commissioned into Norwegian Navy in the period of May 1979 - Sept 1980. Initially, 36.5-meter long boats were classified as PT boats, but in 2000 they were upgraded and re-classified.

Modernization works included installation of Zenit-2000 tactical control system made by DCN, comm equipment Asym 3000, electro-optical guidance system Vigy 20, upgraded antiship missile Penguin, and navigational systems. Armament comprises two Bofors 613 heavy torpedoes, six Penguin Mk.2 Mod.6 antiship missiles, coupled SAM system Simbad with antiaircraft missiles Sadral, and 40-mm gun L/70 made by Bofors.

Each of Super Hauk class boats was appraised NOK 26.5 mln (about 3 mln euro), including engine repairs and arms upgrade. Norway also offers sell of those boats for NOK 18 mln (without arms) or demilitarized variant for NOK 7 mln (without arms, naval navigation, comm equipment and engine upgrade).

In 2003 four boats were deployed in the Mediterranean securing civil shipping in the Strait of Gibraltar under NATO Operation Active Endeavor. Since 2006 till early 2007 four boats participated naval component of UNIFIL II peacekeeping force (Lebanon).

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