Alternative Cold War History 1994

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Norwegian Navy

Norwegian Navy

Norway‘s Navy is small but built specifically to operate within the confined and turbulent waters of the North Sea along its long rocky and mountainous coastline. Over 1000 miles (1750Km) stretch from the North Cape to Stavanger in the south, causing Norway opt for many smaller ships as opposed to a few larger and more expensive vessels.

Oslo Class: Although the largest and most capable ships in the Norwegian Navy, they are small Frigates by most standards (1,700 tons). Built in the 1960’s they’ve recently been modernized (late 80‘s) and are capable of a wide range of general duties. These ships do not have a helicopter but rely on shore based maritime aircraft to support them. They carry 6x Penguin Anti-Ship Missiles (ASM) and an 8 cell Sea Sparrow launcher, a short-range Surface to Air missiles (SAM) with 24 missiles in total. For Anti-submarine warfare (ASW) they have torpedoes and both hull and variable depth active sonar.

Class Pennant Ship Location Status Remarks
Oslo F 300 Oslo Trondheim Active
F 301 Bergen Tromso Active High readiness
F 302 Trondheim Trondheim Active Patrol
F 303 Stevanger Tromso Active High readiness
F 304 Narvik Bergen Active Maintenance

Sleipner Class: Dating from the same era as the Oslo class but largely obsolete with the exception of an improved sonar installed in the late 80‘s. The two Sleipner class Corvettes are used as training ships and were due for retirement in 1993, but due to the increased threat in the Northern Fury world, they were retained in service.

Class Pennant Ship Location Status Remarks
Sleipner F 310 Sleipner Bergen Active Training
F 311 Æger Oslo Active Training

Fast Attack Craft (FAC): The most potent arm of the Norwegian Navy is its fleet of small, fast and deadly FACs. These boats use the rugged and mountainous coastline for radar shielding while waiting to ambush passing targets. Using their speed and missiles to deal a lethal blow then running back into cover. Operating in small groups they use these hit and run tactics is their main means of survival.

Storm Class: A class of 20 boats that displace only 138 tons each, carry six Penguin I Anti-Ship Missiles (ASM), and have a 76mm gun and 40mm auto-cannon. With only a 20-man crew they can deploy quickly and travel at over 30 knots.

Snogg Class: Only six boats of this class were built, and they only carry four Penguin I ASMs, but also four Torpedoes and one 40mm auto-cannon. They are about the same size as the Storm class, have a crew of 19 and a speed of over 30 knots.

Hauk Class: Larger (160 tons) and faster (32.5 knots) than the older boats, the 14 Hauk class carry six Penguin II missiles which have a longer range and better seeker head than the original missile. These boats also carry Mistral SAMs, a 40mm auto-cannon and two Torpedoes.

Class Pennant Ship Location Status Remarks
Storm P 960 Storm North Cape 6 Penguin I
P 961 Blink
P 962 Glimt
P 963 Skjold Narvik
P 964 Trygg
P 965 Kjekk
P 966 Djerv Narvik
P 967 Skudd
P 968 Arg Maintenance
P 969 Steil
P 970 Brann Narvik
P 971 Tross Narvik
P 972 Hvass
P 973 Traust North Cape
P 974 Brott
P 975 Odd
P 976 Pil
P 977 Brask North Cape
P 978 Rokk Narvik
P 979 Gnist
Snogg P 980 Snøgg Narvik 4 Penguin I
P 981 Rapp North Cape
P 982 Snar
P 983 Rask North Cape
P 984 Kvikk
P 985 Kjapp North Cape
Hauk P 986 Hauk 6 Penguin II
P 987 Ørn
P 988 Terne North Cape
P 989 Tjeld
P 990 Skarv North Cape
P 991 Teist
P 992 Jo
P 993 Lom Narvik
P 994 Stegg Maintenance
P 995 Falk Narvik
P 996 Ravn
P 997 Gribb North Cape
P 998 Geir
P 999 Erle

Submarines: The proximity to the Soviet Union, the confined waters and rugged coastlines, mean that the key method of defence is stealth and ambush. The numerous FAC listed above are one method of achieving this tactic, Hunter/Killer submarines (SSK) are another.

Ula Class: Built in Germany and known as the Type 210, these have several improvements over the very popular Type 209 boats. All six were commissioned between 1989 and 1992 and therefore are some of the most modern submarines available at the start of Northern Fury. These are very stealthy and dangerous SSKs which would give any enemy surface combatants pause to consider the dangers of Norwegian waters.

Class Pennant Ship Location Status Remarks
Ula S 300 Ula Bergen Active Tied Up
S 301 Utsira North Cape Active Patrol
S 302 Ulstein Norwegian Sea Active Patrol
S 303 Utvaer Bergen Active Tied Up
S 304 Uthaug Bergen Active Tied Up
S 305 Uredd North Sea Active Patrol

Kobben Class: These submarines were also built in Germany as the Type 207 and were an improved version of the Type 205 used by Germany and Denmark. In total 15 boats were delivered to Norway between 1964 and 1967, but due to age, accidents and decommissioning, only 8 remain in service at the start of Northern Fury.

Class Pennant Ship Location Status Remarks
Kobben S 314 Sklinna Bergen Active Tied Up
S 306 Skolpen Bergen Refit Ready
S 308 Stord North Sea Active Patrol
S 309 Svenneer Bergen Active Tied Up
S 315 kaura Bergen Active Tied Up
S 316 Kinn Norwegian Sea Active Patrol
S 318 Kobben North Cape Active Patrol
S 319 Kunna Norwegian Sea Active Patrol

Norwegian Coast Guard: The Coast Guard is part of the Norwegian Navy and takes responsibility for fisheries and shipping inspection, customs and law enforcement, boarder control, environmental protection as well as search and rescue. The wide ranging scope of duties keeps this very small force quite busy. Much of the day to day work coastal work is handled by ten small patrol ships of less than 1000 tones, seven of them are chartered and each is armed with a 40mm Bofors gun. The one class of larger ships is the Nordkapp class.

Nordkapp Class: These three Outer Coast Guard Ships, otherwise called Offshore Patrol Vessels (OPV), are 3300 tones and twice the size of the Oslo class Frigates, but have fewer weapons or sensors. Having strengthened hulls to withstand limited ice crushing, or ice browsing they are well suited to northern waters. Although they only carry a 57mm gun and machine guns, in wartime they can be fitted with Depth Charges, Penguin anti-ship missiles, torpedoes, 20mm guns and Mistral SAMs. The peacetime crew is 52 plus 6 for the air detachment, but its wartime establishment is 76 and there is bunk space for 109. They each carry a Lynx helicopter, primarily for SAR and one is almost continually patrolling in the area of the North Cape.

Class Pennant Ship Location Status Remarks
Nordkapp W320 Nordkapp North Cape Active Patrol
W321 Senja Oslo Active Tied up
W322 Andenes North Sea Active Patrol