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September 26, 2008
HAVFRUEN is the name:
Third new Patrol Vessel named in a Ceremony at the Naval Base in Korsør
Thursday September 25, 2008 was the day for the naming of the latest patrol boat in The Royal Danish Navy.
is being named at the naval base in Korsør.
By Johnny E. Balsved
Thursday September 25, 2008 was the day for the naming of the latest patrol boat in The Royal Danish Navy. The new boat is the third in the series of six new patrol boats of the DIANA Class, which while in the project period was called "Standardfartøj Mk II" (Standard vessel Mk II).
The new patrol boat was named HAVFRUEN ("The Mermaid") by the Permanent Secretary of State for Defence, Lars Finsen, in the traditional ceremony with participation of representatives from building yard and representatives of Danish Defence.
Ships of the Royal Danish Navy are all equipped with AIS (Automatic Identification System), which primarily is a civilian automatic identification system that basically makes it possible to identify other ships and information of them in electronic charts, or on a radar screen, both ashore and on other ships. Name, international call sign, course, speed, draught, displacement, destination and cargo can be shown.
The information is transmitted on the VHF band. The information is recorded ashore and can, among other things, be used in accident investigations.
HAVFRUEN is eleventh ship to carry the name in the navy, since it was first used on a small frigate in 1563; the name has been used for many different types of ships:
The seaward defense craft
(1961-1991) was the latest ship to carry the name.
Fourth unit will follow soon
Now it's time for the crew to start work up for operational service. In a few months an official visit to Nyborg on the island of Fyn (Funen) is planned. Nyborg will be the adoptive city of the patrol boat.
The fourth unit, P523, is at the moment under final fit out in the yard in Faaborg and is expected to be delivered to Defense Acquisition and Logistics Organization in October. It will then be sailed to Naval Station for final fit of naval equipment. It is expected that the naming will take place Tuesday November 25.
Translated by Lars-Henrik Arvedsen
4HAVFRUEN is the name - 09/26/2008
4Second Mk II received - 04/14/2008
4New class of vessels named - 12/12/2007
4First Mk II received - 11/07/2007
4First Mk II Hull delivered - 08/01/2006
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This page was first published: September 26, 2008 (November 10, 2008)