Finnish frigate Uusimaa

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History
Soviet Union
Name: Filin
Builder: Yantar, Kaliningrad
Yard number: 115
Laid down: 27 August 1953
Launched: 6 June 1954
Completed: 21 December 1954
Status: sold to Finland, 1964
History
Finland
Name: Uusimaa
Acquired: 1964
Commissioned: 1964
Decommissioned: 1979
Struck: 1980
Fate: scrapped 1980
General characteristics
Class and type:
Displacement:
  • 1,260 tons
  • 1,500 tons (full load)
Length: 91.5 m (300 ft)
Beam: 10.1 m (33 ft)
Draft: 3.2 m (10 ft)
Propulsion: steam turbines, 14,900 kW
Speed: 28 knots (52 km/h)
Range: 2,000 nautical miles (3,700 km) at 15 knots
Complement: 175
Armament:
  • three 100 mm
  • two 2 × 37 mm AA
  • two 2 × 25 mm AA
  • two Hedgehog ASW
  • one 3 × 533 mm torpedo tubes

Uusimaa was a Finnish Riga-class frigate. However the class was called the Uusimaa-class in Finland since the ship had some unique modifications (i.e. British submarine hunting equipment).

As the Finnish Navy had a manpower restriction after World War II, the navy suffered personnel shortages after the commissioning of the Turunmaa and Karjala. The navy limited therefore the use of its two Hämeenmaa frigates and finally decided to retire them.[1]

Uusimaa was in Finnish Navy service between 1964-1980. She was decommissioned in 1979 and cannibalized for spare parts for the Hämeenmaa.

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