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Name: Týr
Builder: Aarhus Flydedok, Denmark
Laid down: 10 October 1974
Launched: 15 March 1975
Commissioned: 1975
Status: Active in service
General characteristics
Class and type: Ægir-class offshore patrol vessel
Displacement: 1,214 long tons (1,233 t)
Length: 233 ft 5 in (71.15 m)
Beam: 33 ft (10 m)
Draught: 19 ft (5.8 m)
  • MAN 8L40/54 x 2
  • 2 × 3163 kW (4300 BHP)
Speed: 20 knots (23 mph; 37 km/h)
Capacity: 64
Complement: 16-19
Sensors and
processing systems:
  • Surface Search: Sperry; E/F-band
  • Navigation: Furuno; I-band
  • Sonar: Hull-mounted high-frequency active search
Armament: 40 mm Bofors L60
Aircraft carried: 1 x Eurocopter AS332 Super Puma

ICGV Týr is an Ægir-class offshore patrol vessel and the flagship of the Icelandic Coast Guard, built by Aarhus Flydedok, in Denmark.

Týr is the second biggest ship in the Icelandic Coast Guard and participated in the last Cod War. On December 28, 1975, Týr rammed the HMS Andromeda, which was escorting two fishing trawlers at the time.[1] In May 1976 she survived being rammed twice by HMS Falmouth, which led Captain Guðmundur Kjærnested to give the order to man the guns against the much more powerful warship to deter further rammings.

Týr was originally armed with a manually loaded 57 mm M1898 Hotchkiss cannon which was replaced in 1990 with the current Bofors 40 mm cannon. In 1994 a large crane was added on the starboard side of the flight deck and in 1997 the flight deck was extended. In 2001, the ship was sent to Poland for modification and received a second rudder. In 2006 she was sent to Poland again for replacement of her bridge and other renovations.

The Icelandic Coast Guard fleet takes part in Frontex operations, and in that role the Týr played a major part in the rescue of over 300 Syrian refugees in the eastern Mediterranean Sea in January 2015.[2] On 11 June 2015, Týr was rammed and damaged by Kruzenshtern at Reykjavík.[3]

Týr in the center in 2007.


  1. ^ Roberts, John (2009). Safeguarding the Nation: The Story of the Modern Royal Navy. Seaforth Publishing. p. 116. ISBN 9781848320437. 
  2. ^ USA Today-Arizona RepublicJan 4, 2015, Section B page2
  3. ^ Elliott, Alëx (12 June 2015). "Russian Ship Hits and Damages Icelandic Coastguard Vessels". icelandreview. Retrieved 12 June 2015. 

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