Nansen in Norwegian hands
On Wednesday, 5 April 2006, the first of a total of five frigates, the Fridtjof Nansen, was delivered to the Royal Norwegian Navy. KONGSBERG took part in the celebrations.
"This marks a milestone and is a big day for us", smiles Frank Tidemann, head of the frigate project at KONGSBERG.
The frigate contract was signed in 2000. After six years, the leviathan project is nearing completion. The KNM Fridtjof Nansen is the first of five vessels in its class. The next frigate, the KNM Roald Amundsen, will be delivered towards year end. Later, the KNM Otto Sverdrup, the KNM Thor Heyerdahl and the KNM Helge Ingstad will be delivered one after the other until 2009. Brass band music and tapas
During the formal ceremony at the shipyard in northern Spain, Trond Ragnarssøn Karlsen, head of the Norwegian Defence Logistics Organisation (NDLO), signed the formal takeover documents, and Inspector General Jan Eirik Finseth commended the frigate into the care of its crew.
"This is a red-letter day for Norway as a nation, for the Armed Forces in general and for the Navy in particular", he remarked.
The ceremony was followed by brass band music and a selection of tapas, as the weather gods took pity on rainy Ferrol and let the sun shine for a few hours. Impressed commander
Commander Senior Grade Halvard Flesland, master of the KNM Fridtjof Nansen, was impressed by the vessel and the capabilities he will now be commanding.
"We are taking over a combat system that is incredibly good and highly complex. We will spend the early years familiarising ourselves with her capabilities so that we can take optimal advantage of them when we become operational", comments Flesland.
Meanwhile, Tidemann points out that KONGSBERG is not yet finished with the project. "We are still producing equipment, and we will be testing it at sea both this year and next year. We are supplying the following to the new Norwegian frigates Read more about the frigates on the Navy's website