EML Tasuja (A432)
EML Tasuja (A432)
|Builder:||Svendborg Værft, Denmark|
|Laid down:||2 February 1977|
|Launched:||7 June 1977|
|Commissioned:||14 June 1978|
|Decommissioned:||22 October 2004|
|Fate:||Sold to Estonia|
|Acquired:||12 April 2006|
|Class & type:||Lindormen class diving vessel|
|Displacement:||577 tons full|
|Propulsion:||2 1200 kW Frichs diesel-engines
800 Hps each
2 ea adjustable propellers
|Speed:||14 knots diesel|
|Complement:||5 officers, 22 sailors|
2 × Litton Decca E, I-band
|Armament:||2 × 12.7mm Browning MG gun|
|Notes:||This class is specially designed to lay controlled minefields.
Limited fueling capability on the sea.
EML Tasuja (A432) is a Lindormen-class diving vessel of the Estonian Navy and belongs into the Estonian Navy Mineships Division. The commanding officer of the vessel is Lieutenant Senior Grade Gert Soomsalu.
The EML Tasuja (A432) was built in Denmark, in a Svendborg Værft shipyard in Denmark. The vessel was launched on 7 June 1977 and entered service a year later on 14 June 1978. The Danish Navy decommissioned Lindormen (English: The Dragon) in 2004 and donated the vessel to the Estonian Navy. Her sister ship Lossen was also donated and now serves with the Estonian Maritime Academy as a civilian training vessel for new marine officers. The coat of arms was presented on a ceremony on 12 April in 2006. The Tasuja is currently used as the naval diving vessel of the Estonian Navy and the Mineships Division.
A silver sword is in the center of the coat of arms of the vessel. The sword points to Tasuja's importance during the ancient Estonian Freedom Fight in the 13th century AD and also points to the historical Estonian Navy vessels Tasuja role during the Estonian War of Independence. The ships motto is in Latin "More Maiorum" which means in English "As our forefathers". The coat of arms was designed by Priit Herodes. On 8 July 2006 a cooperation contract was signed between the Kunda city council and the diving vessel Tasuja which gave the vessel a right to wear the Kunda town coat of arms and to engage in promotion of the city in all foreign harbors across the world.
- http://mil.ee/?menu=merevagi&sisu=tasuja ENS Tasuja (A432)
- http://www.navalhistory.dk/English/NavyNews/2006/0801_MinelayersToEstonia.htm Two former Minelayers sold to Estonia
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