Nordkapp-class offshore patrol vessel
KV Nordkapp (W 320) in the Adventfjord, Spitsbergen
|Operators:||Norwegian Coast Guard|
|Type:||Offshore patrol vessel|
|Propulsion:||Wichmann 4 x 9AXAG|
|Speed:||22 knots (41 km/h; 25 mph)|
|EADS TRS-3D 16 ES air/surface radar (from 2006)
|Armament:||1 x Bofors 57 mm cannon
12.7 mm machine guns
Provisions for carrying Penguin missiles and torpedoes if required
|Aircraft carried:||1 x Lynx (at launch)
1 x NH90 (from 2011)
|Aviation facilities:||Hangar for single helicopter|
The Nordkapp class ships is a Norwegian ship class built in the 1980s, and is used for rescue, fishery inspection, research purposes and general EEZ patrol in Norwegian waters. It is a class of ships purpose built for the Norwegian Coast Guard with a secondary role as wartime naval escorts. The Norwegian Coast Guard is a part of the Royal Norwegian Navy, and has some police authority.
KV Andenes patrolled the Persian Gulf during the Gulf War in 1991 as part of the Coalition forces. In 1994, the ship was involved in an altercation with the Sea Shepherd's ship Whales Forever, leading to a collision and damage to both ships.
The ships are capable of ice browsing.
Three ships of the class are built: