Finland Orders Additional Hamina-Class Fast Attack Craft

Finland Orders Additional Hamina-Class Fast Attack Craft

On Dec. 3, 2003, the Finnish Navy signed a $24 million contract with Aker Finnyards for the construction of the third Hamina-class fast attack craft. Original plans called for only two units of the class to be part of the Finnish Navy’s Squadron 2000. The new contract calls for an option to build a fourth unit of the class. The contract price is for the aluminum hull only, with all engineering and combat systems being funded separately.

As an example, a $4.7 million contract also was signed recently for equipment that will be used on units three and four of the fast attack craft class, and another contract worth $3.5 million was signed for the installation of combat systems on the second boat – the Tornio – construction of which was completed in May 2003.

The Squadron 2000 effort called for up to 10 fast attack craft, with two Hamina-class ships acting as command-and-coutrol platforms for a force of eight smaller T 2000-class fast attack craft. However, the T 2000 program was canceled late in 2002, after delivering one piotoiype. The Finnish Navy opted to continue with existing force modification efforts for four Rauma-class vessels, rather than continue with new fast attack craft construction.

However, following completion of the Hamina-class program in May 2003 and the Telkka-class patrol early this year, the Finnish shipbuilding industry would have had no naval work scheduled for several more years. The decision to procure additional units of the Hamina-class was intended to support industry and near-future naval requirements. Unit three of the Hamina-class is scheduled for commissioning in 2005 and may be followed by a fourth unit in 2007.

Copyright Navy League of the United States Feb 2004

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