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NoCGV Svalbard


NoCGV Svalbard

Career (Norway)
Name: KV Svalbard
Builder: Hull at Tangen Verft, Kragerø Outhfitting at Langsten Tomrefjord
Cost: NOK 575 million (US$80 million)[Note 1]
Laid down: 9 August 2000
Launched: 17 February 2001
Commissioned: 15 December 2001
Identification: IMO number: 8640387
Status: In service
General characteristics
Class & type: Offshore patrol vessel
Displacement: 6,375 tonnes
Length: 340.2 ft (103.7 m) (overall)
292 ft (89 m) (waterline)
Beam: 62.6 ft (19.1 m)
Height: 27.2 ft (8.3 m)
Draught: 21.3 ft (6.5 m)
Installed power: Four Rolls-Royce Bergen BRG-8 diesel generators (4 × 3,390 kW)
Propulsion: Diesel-electric
Two ABB Azipod units (2 × 5 MW)
Speed: 17.5 knots (32.4 km/h; 20.1 mph)
Complement: 50 (20 Officers and 45 Other Ranks split into 3 shifts with 2 shifts on board at any one time)
Sensors and
processing systems:
EADS TRS-3D /16 ES with IFF
Armament: Bofors 57 mm
12.7 mm machine gun
Aircraft carried: Capacity for two helicopters; one Lynx carried initially, NH90 from 2009

The Norwegian Coast Guard icebreaker and offshore patrol vessel KV Svalbard (W303) was constructed by Langsten AS at Tangen Verft shipyard in Kragerø and launched on 17 February 2001. She was christened 15 December in Tomrefjord with Minister of Defence Kristin Krohn Devold as godmother, and delivered to the Coast Guard on 18 January 2002. She entered service in mid-2002 and is homeported in Sortland. Her primary operating area is in the Arctic waters north of Norway, the Barents Sea and around the Svalbard islands.

Svalbard is the largest ship in Norway's military armed forces (by tonnage), designed to supplement the 3 other helicopter carrying ships of the Norwegian Coast Guard - the Nordkapp class patrol vessels. She is NBC-protected with constant overpressure, and is capable of icebreaking and emergency towing up to 100.000 tons. The Norwegian coastline is generally free of ice, thus Svalbard is the only active Norwegian icebreaking-capable vessel. A double acting ship, Svalbard is designed to break ice both ahead and astern.

On 9 July 2007 the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation reported that Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper had announced that Canada would be building six to eight Arctic/Offshore Patrol Ships for the Royal Canadian Navy, modeled after the Svalbard's design, yet much more expensive.[1][2]


  1. ^ Radar and helicopter not included.


  1. ^ "Ottawa buying up to 8 Arctic patrol ships".  
  2. ^ "Arctic patrol vessels approved by committee". CBC. 13 May 2007. Retrieved 2007-07-10. 

External links

  • Marinelog article
  • Marinetalk article: KV Svalbard
  • Norwegian Forsvaerets article: KV Svalbard
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