Military Hardware, Gear and Equipment => Naval Equipment => Topic started by: MontyB on 22 January 2011, 05:59:31

Title: Last frigate received from the shipyard in Spain
Post by: MontyB on 22 January 2011, 05:59:31
News story , 1/19/2011
Last frigate received from the shipyard in Spain
Important milestone for Norway

"I am very pleased that we have now taken over the last of five frigates. They constitute a very important part of the Norwegian Armed Forces and help us get the most modern navy, "Defense Minister Grete Faremo."

Tuesday 18 January was the last of five frigates - "KNM Thor Heyerdahl" taken over by the military at the shipyard in Ferrol (Spain). The handover marks a significant milestone for the Armed Forces' largest acquisition. Force began planning the new frigates to replace the old Oslo-class for almost 20 years ago.

Chief of Defence Logistics Organisation, Major General Trond R Karlsen, acquires, on behalf of the defense the last frigate Nansen class from Navantia shipyard in Spain. Photo: Anders Bjorklund, the Armed Forces.

Frigates have been delivered well within the approved cost limit of almost 19 billion.

"Frigate Project has contributed positively to the development of bilateral cooperation between Norway and Spain. Not least, the frigate project contributed to the industrial cooperation now also includes high technology. For the Norwegian industry and Norwegian jobs, this has been important, not only in the shipbuilding industry, but for more than 250 Norwegian companies, "Defense Minister Grete Faremo."

Why Frigates
Frigates are important to safeguard our national security challenges in the North. Frigates will give Norway a good capacity for handling everything from minor emergencies to major conflicts. Frigates will contribute to peace sovereignty and security of our jurisdiction at sea .. When they requested a couple of years equipped with new helicopters, vessels will be increased power and flexibility. The helicopter forces as well as the national capacity in search and rescue.

International operations
Frigate the high operational capacity will make them very relevant for service in international operations. Frigate KNM Fridtjof Nansen showed some of this capacity when the vessel took part in the operation in the Gulf of Aden antipirat autumn 2009. Government plans to send a new frigate to antipirat operations in 2012. A frigate will in future also be part of NATO's Atlantic fleet alone and constitute an important contribution to the alliance.

Frigate project
Frigate project is the largest and most complex investment project so far in the military. The project has been encumbered with considerable uncertainty, not least when it comes to progress and cost. The vessels have been somewhat delayed. This is not unusual for large complex construction project as a frigate. It has been the implementation emphasis on quality. Some work remains to be done from the side yard, but it is expected that this will be completed by the end of 2012. The project was approved by Parliament in 1999 and has since received approval for any scope changes after parliamentary manager. A budget for the project is now 18 915 million. In addition, costs associated with going to helicopters, new Naval Strike Missile and lightweight torpedoes, which are funded outside the frigate project.

Industrial cooperation
In connection with the frigate contract was signed an industrial cooperation agreement (repurchase agreement) with the Spanish shipyard, where they undertook to act from Norwegian suppliers for the main contract value of approx. 10.6 billion. In addition, the Spanish military bought Norwegian defense for just over three billion as part of this agreement. More than 250 Norwegian companies have received deliveries as a result of the repurchase agreement. Including the shipbuilding industry in Norway has been given contracts for approx. one billion. Mainly related to the construction of modules to the vessels. Command and control systems, as well as some weapons systems supplied by Lockheed Martin, where the Norwegian Kongsberg Defence and Aerospace (KDA) has a very large part of value creation. Repurchase agreement was met three years before the time and FD is very pleased with how Navantia, along with shipyard subcontractors, and the Spanish State, has solved this obligation.
Facts about the vessel

Technical data:
Length  134 meters
Weight   5300 tons
Speed  more than 26 knots
Motor More than 40 000 hp  
Range 4500 nautical mil
Manning 127

Main Weapon:
New anti-surface naval strike missile (NSM)
Evolved Sea Sparrow Luftvernmissilet missile (ESSM)
76 mm Oto Breda gun (anti-surface and air)
Stingray torpedo (anti-submarine)
NH 90 helicopter (with the Stingray torpedo) (

during trials in the summer of 2010

Title: Re: Last frigate received from the shipyard in Spain
Post by: Koen on 22 January 2011, 19:00:23
some additional info:

KNM Fridtjof Nansen (F310)    2006    
KNM Roald Amundsen (F311)    2007    
KNM Otto Sverdrup (F312)    2008    
KNM Helge Ingstad (F313)    2009    
KNM Thor Heyerdahl (F314)    2011

NAVANTIA delivers the F-314 (


the frigates will be operating with the modern NHIndustries NH90 helicopters ( (
Royal Norwegian Air Force, 334 Sqn: 6 NFH (ASW) operating from the Fridtjof Nansen class frigates of the Royal Norwegian Navy

Tigris expedition by Thor Heyerdahl (
and the reason why the F-314 is named Thor Heyerdahl

Title: Re: Last frigate received from the shipyard in Spain
Post by: Yossarian on 22 February 2012, 04:25:04
Good to go Norway!

Really interesting stuff.