HNoMS Fridtjof Nansen (F310)

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Norwegian frigate HNomS Fridtjof Nansen.jpg
Fridtjof Nansen in 2015
History
Norway
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
Service record
General characteristics
Class and type: Fridtjof Nansen
Displacement: 5,290 tons
Length: 134 m (439.63 ft)
Beam: 16.8 m (55.12 ft)
Draft: 7.6 m (24.93 ft)
Propulsion:
Speed: 27 knots (50.00 km/h)
Range: 4,500 nautical miles (8,334.00 km)
Complement:
  • 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
Armament:
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.

Counter-piracy[edit]

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 is for the time being 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 decommissioned United States Navy amphibious transport dock USS Ogden (LPD-5) as a target 55 nautical miles northwest of Hawaii on 10 July 2014.[5]

Fridtjof Nansen docked at Haakonsvern, Bergen, Norway

References[edit]

  1. ^ Norwegian Armed Forces official website: "Norsk fregatt til Somalia" (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" (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. 

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