Finnish minelayer Pohjanmaa
|Operators:||22x20px Finnish Navy|
|Preceded by:||Ruotsinsalmi class minelayer|
|Propulsion:||2 × Wärtsilä Vasa 16V22 diesel; 4,280 kW (~5,800 hp) with propellers|
|Speed:||18 - 19 knots|
|Range:||3,500 nm (6,500 km)|
|Complement:||70 (120 when acting as a training ship)|
Signaal DA05 radar|
Philips 9LV 220 FCS
Simrad hull-mounted sonar
Decoy: Philax chaff and IR flares|
ESM: Argo Systems radar warning system
1 × Bofors 57 mm/70 Mk1|
1 × Bofors 40 mm/70
2 × Sako twin-barrel 23 mm/87 (modified ZU-23-2)
2 × NSV 12.7 mm machine guns
2 × rails for depth charges
4 × rails for 150 mines (Sea Mine 2000)
|Aircraft carried:||Helicopter landing pad|
Ships in class include: |
FNS Pohjanmaa (01)
There is currently only one Pohjanmaa class vessel in service in the Finnish Navy. She is the flagship of the navy. The ship has an ice operating classification of ICE-1A so she can operate all year round.
During a crisis the main task for Pohjanmaa is mine laying and acting as a command ship. She also acts as a school ship for the Naval Academy cadets. Part of their training includes an annual cruise abroad.
The Pohjanmaa was built in 1978 at the Wärtsilä Helsinki Shipyard, Finland. She was christened on June 8, 1979 by Aili Haapkylä. The name comes from the old Sweden-Finland Pojama class of galleys built in the 1770s (see "Pohjanmaa" for other uses of the name).
The Pohjanmaa first served as a school ship for the Naval Academy until 1992 when she was transferred to the Gulf of Finland Navy (Now called Gulf of Finland Naval Command). When she was completed it replaced the minelayer Ruotsinsalmi and as a school ship the Matti Kurki. On May 10, 1982, she was given the traditional shield of ocean faring vessels previously held by Suomen Joutsen, so in effect Pohjanmaa continues the tradition of the three ships. The ship underwent a heavy modernization program in 1996-1998, which included a replacing its 120mm main gun with a more modern Bofors 57 mm antiaircraft gun.
In 2007 the ship has been refitted (as well as the Hämeenmaa -class) and colour scheme changed from camouflage to light grey. Its second aft gun was also removed from the aft deck due to narrow shooting sectors, which were even further narrowed due to a new bigger hydraulic crane of a new seaboat.
- FNS Pohjanmaa
- Pennant number: 01.
- Builder: Wärtsilä Helsinki Shipyard
- Ordered: 1977.
- Laid down: 4 May 1978.
- Launched: 28 August 1978.
- Commissioned: 8 June 1979.
- Home base: Upinniemi.
- Current status: Active.
- Finnish Defence Forces Website of The Finnish Defence Forces
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