HNoMS Vale (N53)

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Latvian Naval Forces minelayer A-53 Virsaitis (2007)
Latvian Naval Forces minelayer A-53 Virsaitis (2012)
Name: Vale (N53)
Namesake: Váli
Builder: Mjellem & Karlsen Verft, Bergen
Launched: 1978
Fate: Donated to Latvia, 2003
Name: Virsaitis (A53)
Acquired: 2003
Status: In active service as of 2012
General characteristics [1]
Class and type: Vidar-class coastal minelayer / command and support ship
Displacement: 1,673 long tons (1,700 t) full load
Length: 64.8 m (213 ft)
Beam: 12 m (39 ft)
Draught: 4 m (13 ft)
  • 2 marine diesel engines
  • 2 shafts
  • 4,200 hp (3,100 kW)
Speed: 15 knots (28 km/h; 17 mph)
Complement: 60

HNoMS Vale (N53) was a Royal Norwegian Navy minelayer. She was built by Mjellem & Karlsen in Bergen in 1978, and named after Odin's son Vale from Norse mythology. Vale was given to the Latvian Navy in 2003. She was renamed Virsaitis, that in translation from Latvian means "Chieftain".

Her sister ship HNoMS Vidar (N52) was sold to Lithuania in 2006.


  1. ^ "World Navies Today: Norway". 2005. Retrieved 4 February 2012. 

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