The Norwegian Coast Guard christened the first Jan Mayen-class vessel at the Vard Langsten shipyard in Tomrefjord on October 16, 2022.
KV Jan Mayen is the first of three new Coast Guard vessels designed to secure Norway’s interests in the northern regions. On Wednesday, the ship was christened by the Minister of Justice and Civil Protection, Emilie Enger Mehl, at the Vard Langsten shipyard in Tomrefjord.
The three new coastguard vessels KV Jan Mayen, KV Hopen and KV Bjørnøya are one of the Norwegian defense industry’s largest maritime acquisitions. The vessels will replace the Norwegian Defense Forces’ three Nordkapp-class vessels, which were built in the 1980s.
The three new Coast Guard vessels will be built by Vard Group and have a cost of NOK 7.2 billion (~$720 million). Defense Materiel is responsible for the procurement.
KV Jan Mayen is 136.4 meters long and 22 meters wide and has very good seaworthiness, allowing the ship to operate in rough weather. The ship has a helipad and hangar, has a cabin capacity for 100 people and can last for eight weeks at sea without additional fuel and provisions