On 11 December, in a ceremony held at Naval Station Korsør, the Royal Danish Navy commissioned the third in its trio of Knud Rasmussen class patrol vessels.
HDMS Lauge Koch will, when it fully enters service, be used to patrol the North Atlantic, conduct fishery protection duties and has been built with an ice breaking capability.
The three vessels of the class all have a helipad, but no hanger for an embarked helicopter and are lightly armed with a single 76mm gun and a number of machine guns. However, the vessels can be ‘up-gunned’ during times of emergency to offer anti submarine and anti air warfare abilities.
Interestingly the hulls were constructed in a Polish shipyard and then fitted out to the standards of the Royal Danish Navy in Denmark.
The final vessel, FNS Pyhäranta was delivered back to the navy on Wednesday 29 November. The other vessels Pansio and Porkkala were completed in 2016 and in May 2017 respectively.
The work carried out on board the vessels will ensure that they remain operational well into the 2030’s.
The news emerged in the Sun newspaper and said that the ship was taking on 200 litres of sea water through a faulty seal in one of her twin propeller shafts. The MOD indicated that the ship was in no danger and that the cost of any repairs to the ship would be met by the Aircraft Carrier Alliance, the company that built the ship for the Navy.
Despite the fault, the aircraft carrier continued her sea trials in early 2018.
The ceremony took place on 30 November at the Admiralty Shipyard in St Petersburg. The new vessel is the first of the Project 21180 class and will be used mostly in keeping the shipping routes in the Arctic Ocean open for commercial and Russian Navy traffic.