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. It is over 1000 miles (1750Km) 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 they are 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 have 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 and used as training ships. They 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 to hide in waiting for passing targets, using the radar shielding to hide until their speed and missiles can deal a lethal blow. Operating is small groups using hit and run tactics is their main means of survival.

Storm Class: This class of 20 boats displace only 138 tons, but carry 6x Penguin I ASM, have a 76mm gun and 40mm auto-cannon. With a 20 man crew they can travel at over 30 knots.

Snogg Class: Only six boats of this class were built, and they only carried 4x Penguin I ASMs, but also 4x Torpedoes and one 40mm auto-cannon. They were about the same size as the Storm class and had 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 boats carried 6x Penguin II missiles with a longer range and better seeker head. These boats also carry Mistral SAMs, a 40mm auto-cannon and 2x Torpedoes.

Class Pennant Ship Location Status Remarks
Storm P 960 Storm North Cape 6x 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 Maint
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 4x 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 6x 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 Maint
P 995 Falk Narvik
P 996 Ravn
P 997 Gribb North Cape
P 998 Geir
P 999 Erle

Submarines: Because of the proximity to the Soviet Union, the confined waters and rugged coastlines, the key method of defending was stealth and ambush. The numerous FAC listed above were one method of achieving this tactic, submarines were another.

Ula Class Submarine: Built in Germany and known as the Type 210 class, these have several improvements over the very popular Type 209 class. All six boats 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 boats which would give any enemy surface combatants pause to consider the dangers in 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 class and were an improved version of the Type 205. In total 15 boats were delivered to Norway between 1964 and 1967. Due to age, accidents and decommissioning, 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 and search and rescue. The wide ranging scope of duties keeps this very small forece 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, each has 1x 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, twice the size of the Oslo class Frigates, but have fewer weapons or sensors. Their hulls are strengthened to withstand limited ice crushing, or ice browsing. Although it only carries 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, its wartime establishment is 76 and it has bunk space for 109. They each carry a Lynx helicopter, primarily for SAR.

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