Forgot password?
submarines shipbuilding Black Sea Fleet exercise Pacific Fleet Russian Navy Northern Fleet strategy cooperation Ukraine visits Russia piracy missiles trials Sevastopol history Sevmash presence contracts drills Baltic Fleet industry incident anti-piracy shipyards Gulf of Aden frigate training Somalia India developments reforms opinion Borei procurements policy Russia - India aircraft carrier Crimea arms exports USA St. Petersburg France tests financing Bulava Yury Dolgoruky US Navy Serdiukov cruise Mediterranean Zvezdochka NATO innovations United Shipbuilding Corporation Indian Navy Medvedev Arctic agreements commission Admiralteyskie Verfi Admiral Gorshkov Vladivostok Mistral accident hijacking corvettes overhaul Admiral Kuznetsov anniversary Russia - France Vysotsky Rosoboronexport ceremony event Yantar Severomorsk negotiations defense order conflict aircraft China deployment naval aviation investigations Black Sea Putin Varyag coast guard Novorossiysk Vikramaditya landing craft crime Far East marines Severnaya Verf meeting scandals memorials traditions Syria statistics Japan escort South Korea Yasen Neustrashimy tenders Marshal Shaposhnikov Admiral Chabanenko convoys Ukrainian Navy problems Severodvinsk Chirkov reinforcement tension firings tragedy technology Baltic Sea search and rescue Almaz Moskva frontier service Caspian Flotilla provocation hostages upgrade court Dmitry Donskoy keel laying rumors Turkey World War II death shipwreck Admiral Panteleyev Atalanta Petr Veliky helicopters Kilo class Kaliningrad Admiral Vinogradov Norway Rubin delivery launching patrols
Our friends russian navy weapons world sailing ships
Tell a friend Print version

Norwegian Frigate Thor Heyerdahl to Visit Svalbard

Norwegian Frigate Thor Heyerdahl to Visit Svalbard 19.11.2012
Text: Korabli.eu
Photo: Frigate KNM Thor Heyerdahl at the Pomor-2012 exercise, Norway. Korabli.eu
Norway deploys its best warship to demonstrate presence and maintain sovereignty in territorial waters of Svalbard (Spitsbergen) and Medvezhiy Island, reported Barents Observer.

On Nov 14, Norwegian frigate KNM Thor Heyerdahl left port of Bodo and set a course for the Arctic archipelago Svalbard (Spitsbergen).

During the mission, the frigate will hold a number of exercises jointly with other naval units and maritime rescue service.

Norwegian parliament decided to deploy one large naval ship to Svalbard every year to protect Norwegian sovereignty in that region. Buildup of military presence in the Arctic is an element of Norway's state strategy and priority task of Norwegian armed forces.

Frigate KNM Thor Heyerdahl was commissioned in 2011. She is the last in series of frigates built by Spanish shipyard Navantia for Norwegian Navy in 2006-2010. That EUR 2.9-bln project is the largest contract ever signed by Norwegian armed forces.

New frigates are supposed to play a key role in maintaining of Norwegian sovereignty in Arctic. In practice, they sail in polar waters very seldom. The frigates stay idle at Hokonsvern base most of the time due to crewing problems.

Displacement of KNM Thor Heyerdahl is 5,300 tons; length is 134 meters; beam is 16.8 meters; draft is 7.6 meters; speed is 26 knots; fuel range is 4,500 nautical miles at 16 knots; crew is about 120 persons.

Back to the list

Related Information:

Back to news list