HNoMS Vale (N53)
Latvian Naval Forces minelayer A-53 Virsaitis (2012)
|Builder:||Mjellem & Karlsen Verft, Bergen|
|Fate:||Donated to Latvia, 2003|
|Status:||In active service as of 2012|
|General characteristics |
|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)|
|Speed:||15 knots (28 km/h; 17 mph)|
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.
- "World Navies Today: Norway". hazegray.org. 2005. Retrieved 4 February 2012.
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