HNoMS Fridtjof Nansen (F310)

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Norwegian frigate HNomS Fridtjof Nansen.jpg
Fridtjof Nansen in 2015
Name: Fridtjof Nansen
Namesake: Norwegian explorer Fridtjof Nansen
Builder: Navantia, Ferrol
Yard number: F310
Laid down: 9 April 2003
Launched: 3 June 2004
Commissioned: 5 April 2006
Status: Active
General characteristics
Class and type: Fridtjof Nansen-class frigate
Displacement: 5,290 tons
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)
  • 120 men, accommodations for 146
  • Lockheed Martin AN/SPY-1F 3-D multifunction radar
  • Reutech RSR 210N air/sea surveillance radar
  • Sagem Vigy 20 Electro Optical Director
  • MRS 2000 hull mounted sonar
  • Captas MK II V1 active/passive towed sonar
  • 2 × Mark 82 fire-control radar
Electronic warfare
& decoys:
Terma DL-12T decoy launcher, Loki torpedo countermeasure
Aircraft carried: 1 × NH90 helicopter

HNoMS Fridtjof Nansen is a frigate of the Royal Norwegian Navy. Launched on 5 April 2006, she is the lead ship of the Fridtjof Nansen class of warships.


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.[1][2]

Fridtjof Nansen's engagement in Operation Atalanta was carried out without a permanently stationed helicopter.[3] Mainly due to delays in delivery of the new NH-90, the ship is equipped with two ultra-fast RHIBs as a replacement.[4] In November 2009 she became involved in a fire-fight with suspected pirates after being attacked while inspecting a fishing vessel.

RIMPAC 2014[edit]

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 USS Ogden (LPD-5), a decommissioned U.S. Navy amphibious transport dock, as a target 55 nautical miles northwest of Hawaii on 10 July 2014.[5]

Fridtjof Nansen docked at Haakonsvern, Bergen, Norway


  1. ^ Norwegian Armed Forces official website: "Norsk fregatt til Somalia" Archived 2009-03-01 at the Wayback Machine ‹See Tfd›(in Norwegian)
  2. ^ "Norwegian frigate to join fight against piracy". The Norway Post. Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation. 1 March 2009. Retrieved 2 March 2009.
  3. ^ "Norsk fregatt setter kurs mot Afrika". Dagbladet (in Norwegian). Norwegian News Agency. 1 August 2009. Retrieved 22 October 2016.
  4. ^ Norwegian Armed Forces official website: "Nansen er klar til dyst" Archived 2009-08-01 at the Wayback Machine ‹See Tfd›(in Norwegian)
  5. ^ 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.