HNoMS Fridtjof Nansen (F310)
Fridtjof Nansen in 2015
|Namesake:||Norwegian explorer Fridtjof Nansen|
|Laid down:||9 April 2003|
|Launched:||3 June 2004|
|Commissioned:||5 April 2006|
|Class and type:||Fridtjof Nansen|
|Length:||134 m (439.63 ft)|
|Beam:||16.8 m (55.12 ft)|
|Draft:||7.6 m (24.93 ft)|
|Speed:||27 knots (50.00 km/h)|
|Range:||4,500 nautical miles (8,334.00 km)|
|Terma DL-12T decoy launcher, Loki torpedo countermeasure|
|Aircraft carried:||1 × NH90 helicopter|
On 26 February 2009, the Norwegian government decided to deploy HNoMS Fridtjof Nansen to the Gulf of Aden, thereby participating in the ongoing Operation Atalanta, the European Union's counter-piracy campaign in Somalia. Fridtjof Nansen joined the campaign in August 2009.
Fridtjof Nansen's engagement in Operation Atalanta is for the time being carried out without a permanently stationed helicopter. Mainly due to delays in delivery of the new NH-90, the ship is equipped with two ultra-fast RHIBs as a replacement. In November 2009 she became involved in a fire-fight with suspected pirates after being attacked while inspecting a fishing vessel.
In 2014, Fridtjof Nansen took part in the naval exercise RIMPAC 2014 in the Pacific Ocean. During the exercise, she used a Naval Strike Missile to sink the decommissioned United States Navy amphibious transport dock USS Ogden (LPD-5) as a target 55 nautical miles northwest of Hawaii on 10 July 2014.
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- "Norsk fregatt setter kurs mot Afrika". Dagbladet (in Norwegian). Norwegian News Agency. 1 August 2009. Retrieved 22 October 2016.
- Norwegian Armed Forces official website: "Nansen er klar til dyst" (Norwegian)
- D'Angelo, Chris (October 16, 2015). "The Hidden History In Hawaii's Massive Underwater Ship Graveyard: The Navy says sinking exercises provide important training, but environmental groups maintain they're wasteful and destructive". Huffington Post. Retrieved October 16, 2015.