Nordkapp-class offshore patrol vessel
|Operators:||Norwegian Coast Guard|
|Type:||Offshore patrol vessel|
|Length:||105.05 m (344.7 ft)|
|Propulsion:||Wichmann 4 x 9AXAG|
|Speed:||22 knots (41 km/h; 25 mph)|
|Crew:||52 + 6 (Helicopter)|
|Aviation facilities:||Hangar for single helicopter|
The Nordkapp class is a Norwegian Coast Guard ship class built in the 1980s, and is used for rescue, fishery inspection, research purposes and general EEZ patrol in Norwegian waters. It is a class of ships purpose built for the Norwegian Coast Guard with a secondary role as wartime naval escorts. The Norwegian Coast Guard is a part of the Royal Norwegian Navy, and has some police authority.
NoCGV Andenes patrolled the Persian Gulf during the Gulf War in 1991 as part of the Coalition forces. In 1994, the ship was involved in an altercation with the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society's ship Whales Forever, leading to a collision and damage to both ships.
The ships are capable of ice browsing.
The class consists of three vessels: