Willemoes-class missile boat

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HDMS Sehested (P547) as a museum ship at the Holmen naval base
HDMS Sehested (P547)
Class overview
Builders: Frederikshavn Værft, Frederikshavn
Operators:  Royal Danish Navy
Built: 1974–1978
In commission: 1977–2000
Planned: 10
Completed: 10
Retired: 10
Preserved: 1
General characteristics
Type: Missile boat
Displacement: 260 tons, standard
Length: 46 m (150 ft 11 in)
Beam: 7.4 m (24 ft 3 in)
Draft: 2.2 m (7 ft 3 in)
Propulsion: 3 x Rolls-Royce Proteus gas turbines (12,750 hp) and 2× General Motors 12V-71 diesel engines(730 hp)
Speed: 40 kn (74 km/h) on gas turbines; 12 kn (22 km/h) on diesels
Range: 400 nmi (740 km) at 36 kn (67 km/h)
Complement: 24
Sensors and
processing systems:
  • Terma 20T48 navigation radar
  • 1× Philips Elektronik AB 9GR-208 air/surface radar
  • 1× Bofors Electronics 9LV Mk 1 (RAKEL 203) fire control radar
  • 1 × 9LV Naval Combat Management System
  • Racal Cutlass B-1 ESM
Armament:

The Willemoes-class missile boat was a Royal Danish Navy class of fast missile boats serving from late 1970s until 2000.[1] Designed by Orlogsværftet, in conjunction with the German yard Lürssen,[2] the Willemoes class could achieve a maximum speed in excess of 40 knots (74 km/h; 46 mph). Their weapons consisted of one 76 mm (3 in) OTO Melara gun and combination of RGM-84 Harpoon missiles and torpedo tubes. When the full assortment of eight Harpoons was carried, two 553 mm (22 in) torpedo tubes were carried as well. With Harpoons removed, up to four torpedo tubes could be mounted.[3]

The guided missile boat HDMS Sehested is now a museum ship at Holmen.

List of ships[edit]

Pnt. Name Keel laid Launched Commissioned Named by Decommissioned Callsign
P540 Ship's badge for Bille (P540).svg Bille 18 October 1974 23 December 1974 14 June 1977 Captain S. E. Thiede 15 March 2000 OVFV
P541 Ship's badge for Bredal (P541).svg Bredal 11 February 1975 18 April 1975 14 June 1977 Rear Admiral H. M. Petersen 15 March 2000 OVFW
P542 None.svg Hammer 6 June 1975 3 October 1975 1 February 1978 Captain F. A. H. Kjølsen 15 March 2000 OVFX
P543 Ship's badge for Iver Huitfeldt (F361).svg Huitfeldt 8 October 1975 16 January 1976 1 February 1978 Vice Admiral S. E. Pontoppidan 1 April 2000 OVFY
P544 None.svg Krieger 6 February 1976 19 May 1976 1 February 1978 Vice Admiral A. Helms 1 April 2000 OVFZ
P545 Ship's badge for Norby (P545).svg Norby 3 June 1976 24 September 1976 15 February 1978 Rear Admiral O. Brinck-Lund 1 April 2000 OVEA
P546 Ship's badge for Rodsteen (P546).svg Rodsteen 17 September 1976 9 December 1976 15 February 1978 Mayor of Frederikshavn Villy Christensen 1 October 2000 OVEB
P547 Ship's badge for Sehested (P547).svg Sehested 22 December 1976 5 May 1977 19 May 1978 Permanent Secretary P. V. Christiansen 31. December 2000 OVEC
P548 None.svg Suenson 27 May 1977 26 August 1977 10 August 1978 Minister of Defence Poul Søgaard 1 April 2000 OVED
P549 Ship's badge for Peter Willemoes (F362).svg Willemoes 26 July 1974 19 October 1974 20 March 1977 Prince Henrik 1 July 2000 OVEE

References[edit]

  1. ^ Flådens historie: Willemoes-klassen
  2. ^ [1]
  3. ^ PEJČOCH, Ivo; NOVÁK, Zdeněk; HÁJEK, Tomáš. Válečné lodě 6 – Afrika, Blízký východ a část zemí Evropy po roce 1945. Praha : Ares, 1994. ISBN 80-86158-02-0. p. 63.