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KV Svalbard

The Royal Norwegian Navy offshore patrol vessel KV Svalbard was constructed by Langsten AG[?] at Tangen Verft[?] shipyard in Krageroe[?] and launched on February 17, 2001. She was christened December 15 in Tomrefjord[?] with Minister of Defence Kristin Krohn Devold as godmother, and delivered to the Kystvakt[?] on January 18, 2002. She is expected to enter full service in mid-2002 and to be homeported in Sortland[?].

Svalbard is the largest ship in Norway's military armed forces, designed to support the Nordkapp-class patrol vessels[?]. She is NBC-protected with constant overpressure, and is capable of icebreaking or towing up to 100,000 tons.

General Characteristics

  • Missions:
    • fishery inspection
    • enforcement of sovereignty
    • search and rescue
    • environmental protection
    • research and expedition support
  • Displacement: 6500 tons
  • Length: 103.7 meters overall, 89.0 meters waterline
  • Beam: 19.1 meters
  • Height: 8.3 meters
  • Draft 6.5 meters
  • Power: four 3390 kilowatt BRG-8 diesel generators
  • Propulsion: two five-megawatt Azipod electric thrusters
  • Aircraft: capacity for two helicopters; one Lynx carried initially
  • Cost: NKr575 million (US$64 million)

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