Kiisla-class patrol boat
|Operators:||Finnish Coast Guard
|Preceded by:||R class patrol boat|
|Length:||48.1 m (158 ft)|
|Beam:||8.8 m (29 ft)|
|Draught:||2.2 m (7 ft)|
|Installed power:||2 × MTU 16V538TB93 (2 × 2,750 kW)|
|Propulsion:||KaMeWa water jets|
|Speed:||25 knots (46 km/h; 29 mph)|
|Armament:||2 × RBU-1200 ASROC launchers
2 × rails for depth charges
1 × Sako twin-barrel 23 mm/87 (modified ZU-23-2)
The Kiisla class is a two-strong class of patrol boats/ASW vessels in use by the Finnish Navy. The ships were built in 1984 and 1988 at the Hollming shipyard in Rauma for the Finnish Coast Guard. They were transferred to the Finnish Navy in 2004.
The two vessels of the class forms the Guard Squadron (Finnish: Vartioviirikkö) of the 7th Missile Boat Flottilla and they are based at Upinniemi.
After only a few years in service in the Finnish Navy, the Kiisla-class patrol boats were laid up and put up for sale. In January 2013, the Finnish shipowner Joakim Håkans proposed that the unused vessels should be donated to Djibouti, where they would be used for anti-piracy patrols. On 10 July 2013, it was announced that as no sufficient buyer had been found, Kiisla and Kurki would be scrapped and salvaged parts used as spares for other vessels of the Finnish Navy.
Vessels of the class
- Kiisla (50)
- Kurki (51)
- Varustamopomo: Merivoimien turhat sotalaivat pitäisi lahjoittaa Afrikkaan. Turun Sanomat, 26 January 2013. Retrieved on 2013-01-26.
- Merivoimat luopuu kahdesta aluksestaan. Turun Sanomat, 10 July 2013. Retrieved on 2013-07-10.
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