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The Finnish Navy (Finnish: Suomen merivoimat, Swedish: Finländska marinen) is one of the branches of the Finnish Defence Forces. The Navy employs 2,300 people and about 4,300 conscripts are trained each year. Finnish Navy vessels are given the ship prefix "FNS" simply short for "Finnish Navy Ship". The Finnish Defence Forces (Finnish Puolustusvoimat; Swedish Försvarsmakten) is a cadre army of 16500, of which 8700 professional soldiers (officers), with a standard readiness strength of 34,700 people in uniform (27,300 army, 3,000 navy, and 4,400 air force). ... Image File history File links Suomen_Puolustusvoimien_tornileijona. ... Image File history File links Suomen_Ilmavoimien_tunnus. ... The Finnish Air Force (FAF) (Finnish: Ilmavoimat) is one of the branches of the Finnish Defence Forces. ... Image File history File links Suomen_Maavoimien_tunnus. ... The Finnish Army (Finnish: Maavoimat) is one of the branches of the Finnish Defence Forces. ... Image File history File links Suomen_Merivoimien_tunnus. ... Image File history File links Rajavartiolaitoksen_logo. ... The Border Guard (Finnish: Rajavartiolaitos, Swedish: Gränsbevakningsväsendet) of Finland is the Finnish security authority responsible for the border security. ... Finnish military ranks form a system that incorporates features from Swedish, German, and Russian armed forces. ... The Finnish Defence Forces (Finnish Puolustusvoimat; Swedish Försvarsmakten) is a cadre army of 16500, of which 8700 professional soldiers (officers), with a standard readiness strength of 34,700 people in uniform (27,300 army, 3,000 navy, and 4,400 air force). ... The multinational Combined Task Force One Five Zero (CTF-150) The British Grand Fleet, the supreme naval force of World War I A rare occurrence of a 5-country multinational fleet, during Operation Enduring Freedom in the Oman Sea. ... A ship prefix is a combination of letters, usually abbreviations, used in front of the name of a civilian or naval ship. ...

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Organization

The current Commander-in-Chief of the Navy is Vice Admiral Hans Holmström. The navy is organized into two naval commands. The navy also includes the Uusimaa brigade, where coastal jaegers are trained. The Uusimaa brigade is also the only Swedish language unit in the country. Restructuring will move the Naval Headquarters to Turku by the end of 2007. Commander-in-Chief (in NATO-lingo often C-in-C or CINC pronounced sink) is the commander of all the military forces within a particular region or of all the military forces of a state. ... Vice Admiral is a naval rank of three star level, equivalent to Lieutenant General in seniority. ...


Locations

Finnish Naval Ensign
Finnish Naval Ensign

Image File history File links Naval_Ensign_of_Finland. ... Image File history File links Naval_Ensign_of_Finland. ... Lauttasaari church Lauttasaari (Drumsö in Swedish) is an island and city-district of Western Helsinki, about 3 kilometres west of the city centre. ... Location of Helsinki in Northern Europe Coordinates: , Country Finland Province Southern Finland Region Uusimaa Sub-region Helsinki Charter 1550 Capital city 1812 Government  - City manager Jussi Pajunen Area  - City 187. ... Suomenlinna or Viapori (Finnish), or Sveaborg (Swedish), is an inhabited sea fortress built on six islands, today within Helsinki, the capital of Finland. ... Location of Helsinki in Northern Europe Coordinates: , Country Finland Province Southern Finland Region Uusimaa Sub-region Helsinki Charter 1550 Capital city 1812 Government  - City manager Jussi Pajunen Area  - City 187. ... Pansio is a district and a suburb of the city of Turku, Finland. ... Kimito (Kemiö in Finnish) is a municipality of Finland. ... Founded 1972 Province Southern Finland Region Uusimaa Sub-region Helsinki Area - Of which land - Rank 528 km² 312 km² ranked 279th Population - Density - Change - Rank 229,443 (2005) 729 inh. ...

Bases

Upinniemi (Swedish: Obbnäs) is a village in the municipality of Kirkkonummi in southern Finland. ... Coat of Arms of Kirkkonummi Kirkkonummi (IPA: /ˈkirkːoËŒnumːi/), or Kyrkslätt in Swedish, is a municipality of 32,772 inhabitants (2004-12-31) in Southern Finland. ... Archipelago Sea Naval Command (Finnish: Saaristomeren Meripuolustusalue, Swedish: SkärgÃ¥rdshavets Marinkommando) is a Finnish Navy unit located in Pansio, Turku. ... Pansio is a district and a suburb of the city of Turku, Finland. ... Location of Turku in Northern Europe Coordinates: , Country Finland Province Western Finland Region Finland Proper Sub-region Turku sub-region Government  - Mayor Mikko Pukkinen Area  - City 306. ... The Uusimaa Brigade (Swedish: Nylands Brigad, Finnish: Uudenmaan Prikaati) is a Finnish Navy unit located near Ekenäs. ... Alley in Ekenäs Church of Ekenäs Ekenäs (IPA: //), or Tammisaari (/ˈtÉ‘mːiËŒsɑːri/) in Finnish, is a municipality of Finland. ...

History

Finnish Naval Jack
Finnish Naval Jack

During the Russian rule (1809 - 1917) an entirely Finnish Navy unit, Suomen Meriekipaasi, was defending the country alongside the Baltic Fleet of the Imperial Russian Navy. Meriekipaasi participated the Crimean War, albeit mostly on-shore duties. Meriekipaasi manned the coastal batteries in Santahamina Island during the siege of Fortress Viapori in Helsinki. The ships ekipaasi had included steam frigates Rurik and Kalevala, named after the Finnish national epic (later serving Russian Pacific Fleet). Image File history File links Naval_Jack_of_Finland. ... Image File history File links Naval_Jack_of_Finland. ... Between 1809 and 1917 Finland was an autonomous part of the Russian Empire as the Grand Duchy of Finland. ... Russian Baltic Fleet sleeve ensign The Baltic Fleet (Russian: Балтийский флот, in the Soviet period - The Double Red Banner Baltic Fleet - Дважды Краснознамённый Балтийский флот) is located at the Baltic Sea and headquartered in Kaliningrad, the other major base is at Kronstadt, located in the Gulf of Finland. ... Russian Navy Jack Russian Navy Ensign The Imperial Russian Navy refers to the Navy of Imperial Russia, before the Soviet Union. ... Combatants Allies: Second French Empire British Empire Ottoman Empire Kingdom of Sardinia Russian Empire Bulgarian volunteers Casualties 90,000 French 35,000 Turkish 17,500 British 2,194 Sardinian killed, wounded and died of disease ~134,000 killed, wounded and died of disease The Crimean War (1853–1856) was fought... 19th century coastal artillery guns preserved in Suomenlinna fortress in Helsinki Coastal artillery is the branch of armed forces concerned with operating mobile anti-ship artillery or fixed gun batteries in coastal fortifications. ... Santahamina (Sandhamn in Swedish) is an island and city-district of Eastern Helsinki. ... Suomenlinna or Viapori (Finnish), or Sveaborg (Swedish), is an inhabited sea fortress built on six islands, today within Helsinki, the capital of Finland. ... The Rurik (Рюрик) was a steam-powered frigate of the Imperial Russian Navy. ... Pacific Fleet (Тихоокеанский флот in Russian, or Tikhookeanskiy flot), a part of the Soviet Navy stationed in the Pacific Ocean, which secured the Far Eastern borders of the USSR. The fleet headquarters was located at...


The first ships of the independent Finnish Navy were old ships left behind by the Russians during the Finnish Civil War. These included gunboats, motor torpedo boats and minesweepers. In 1927 the Eduskunta approved a plan to build two coastal defence ships (Panssarilaiva in Finnish) and four submarines. Four motor torpedo boats were also ordered from Britain. More ships were purchased during the 1930s, and in the autumn of 1939 the Finnish Navy consisted of: Combatants Whites: White Guards, German Empire, Swedish volunteers Reds: Red Guards, Russian SFSR Commanders C.G.E. Mannerheim Ali Aaltonen, Eero Haapalainen, Eino Rahja, Kullervo Manner Strength 80,000–90,000 Finns, 550 Swedish volunteers, 13,000 Germans[1] 80,000–90,000 Finns, 4,000–10,000 Russians[1... A gunboat is literally a boat carrying one or more guns. ... Motor Torpedo Boats (MTB) was the name given to fast torpedo boats by the US and Royal Navies. ... USS Pivot (AM 276) World War II United States Admirable Class Minesweeper shown in the Gulf of Mexico on sea trials 12 July 1944 Image:Hameln Class. ... The Eduskunta in Finnish, or the Riksdag in Swedish, is the parliament of Finland. ... The three Vetehinen class submarines side-by-side in the specially built construction hall Crichton-Vulcan is an abandoned shipyard in Turku, Finland that once formed the cornerstone of the Finnish shipbuilding industy. ... Dutch coastal defence ship Hertog Hendrik Coastal defence ships (sometimes called coast-defence battleships) were warships built for the purpose of coastal defence, mostly in the period 1860-1920. ... USS Virginia, a Virginia-class nuclear attack (SSN) submarine Alvin in 1978, a year after first exploring hydrothermal vents. ... Face The 1930s (years from 1930–1939) were described as an abrupt shift to more radical and conservative lifestyles, as countries were struggling to find a solution to the Great Depression, also known in Europe as the World Depression. ... Year 1939 (MCMXXXIX) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ...

The navy also had several auxiliary warships, ice-breakers and patrol boats from the Coast Guard. Ilmarinen was a Finnish Navy Panssarilaiva (Armored ship), a coastal defence ship by British classification. ... Väinämöinen was a Finnish coastal defence ship, the sister ship of the Finnish Navys flagship Ilmarinen and also the first ship of her class. ... This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ... This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ... Vetehinen was a Finnish 500 tonne submarine that was constructed in the early 1930s and who served in the Finnish Navy during the second World War. ... Another view of the vessel Vesikko was a submarine of the Finnish Navy in World War II. It was designed by Dutch Ingenieurskantoor voor Scheepsbouw den Haag (I.v. ... Saukko was a Finnish submarine that served in the Finnish Navy during the second World War. ... Turunmaa was a Finnish gun boat, built in 1916. ... Karjala (ex-Filin) was a Finnish gun boat, built in 1918 by Chrichton AB in Turku. ... Uusimaa was a gun boat that served in the Finnish Navy during World War II. She was built in 1917. ... Hämeenmaa was a gun boat that served in the Finnish Navy during World War II. She was built in 1917. ... Suomen Joutsen (Swan of Finland in English) (former names are Laënnec, Oldenburg) is a three mast, steel hull, full rigged ship. ... Armed Merchantmen were merchant ships taken over by their nations navies, equipped with guns, and then used for military purposes. ...


Winter War

When the Winter War broke out the Finnish Navy moved to occupy the de-militarized Åland Islands and to protect merchant shipping. In the first month of the war battles between Soviet ships and Finnish coastal batteries were fought at Hanko, Finland, Utö and Koivisto. In Koivisto the batteries forced Soviet battleships to retire with damage. Combatants Finland Soviet Union Commanders Carl Gustaf Emil Mannerheim Kliment Voroshilov, later Semyon Timoshenko Strength 250,000 men 30 tanks 130 aircraft[1][2] 1,000,000 men 3,000 tanks 3,800 aircraft[3][4] Casualties 26,662 dead 39,886 wounded 1,000 captured[5] 126,875 dead... National motto: ? Official language Swedish Capital Mariehamn Governor Peter Lindbäck Premier Roger Nordlund Total Area  - Land  - Water 6,784 km² 1,527 km² 5,258 km² Population  - Total (2002)  - Density 26,257 17. ... Hanko (IPA: ) (Hangö in Swedish, or Гангут in Russian), is a small bilingual port city on the south coast of Finland, 130 km west of Helsinki. ... Utö lighthouse Utö, 59°47′N 21°22′E, is a small island in the Baltic sea and belongs to Korpo municipality. ... Koivisto has many meanings. ...


In December 1939 the ice became so thick that only the ice-breakers could still move. The two coastal defence ships were moved to the harbour in Turku where they were used to stiffen the air-defences of the city. They remained there for the rest of the war. Location of Turku in Northern Europe Coordinates: , Country Finland Province Western Finland Region Finland Proper Sub-region Turku sub-region Government  - Mayor Mikko Pukkinen Area  - City 306. ...


Continuation War

Before the Continuation War five more torpedo boats were ordered from Italy. The base that the Soviets had acquired in the Winter War at Hanko Peninsula divided the areas where the Finnish Navy would operate in two. Large mine fields were laid down in cooperation with the German Kriegsmarine when the war began. The coastal defence ships bombarded the Soviet base at Hanko until the Soviets evacuated Hanko in December 1941. Combatants  Finland Germany  Soviet Union Commanders C.G.E. Mannerheim Kirill Meretskov Leonid Govorov Strength 530,000 Finns[1] 220,000 Germans 900,000–1,500,000[2] Casualties 58,715 dead or missing 158,000 wounded 1,500 civilian dead[3] 200,000 dead or missing 385,000 wounded... Hanko, (Hangö in Swedish) in Finland is a small bilingual port town on the south coast of Finland, 130 kilometers west of Helsinki. ... The Kriegsmarine (or War Navy) was the name of the German Navy between 1935 and 1945, during the Nazi regime, superseding the Reichsmarine. ... For the movie, see 1941 (film). ...


Between 1941-1945 some 69,779 mines and mine sweeping obstacles were laid in the Gulf of Finland by Finnish, Soviet and German naval forces. The Soviet Navy laid 16,179 mines and 2,441 mine sweeping obstacles, the Finnish navy 6,382 mines, and the German navy's vessels, submarines and aircraft laid some 45,000 mines, of whome 3,000 were magnetic mines. The last mine sweeping season was held in 1957, but the mine danger continued for some 10 more years, and there are still mines there.[1] The Baltic Sea The Gulf of Finland is an arm of the Baltic Sea that extends between Finland (to the north) and Estonia (to the south) all the way to the city of Saint Petersburg in Russia, where the river Neva drains into it. ...


The greatest loss of the Finnish Navy occurred on September 13, 1941 when the Ilmarinen ran on a mine and sank. 271 sailors lost their lives and only 132 were rescued. Most of the survivors later served in the Lake Onega flotilla, using old captured ships, including steam engined paddlewheeler. is the 256th day of the year (257th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... For the movie, see 1941 (film). ... Ilmarinen was a Finnish Navy Panssarilaiva (Armored ship), a coastal defence ship by British classification. ...


In 1942 the main focus of the war at sea was on the Finnish submarines which fought against over 30 Soviet submarines that tried to attack shipping in the Baltic Sea. The Soviet subs sank 18 ships, seven of which were Finnish. 12 Soviet submarines were also sunk.


In July 1942 the Soviets made an attempt to occupy the small island of Someri in the Gulf of Finland. The Soviets lost 16 landing boats and minor warships together with 128 men. 102 Soviet soldiers were taken prisoner. During 1943 the navy received 14 new torpedo boats which were used to replace the old pre-war ones. Year 1942 (MCMXLII) was a common year starting on Thursday (the link will display the full 1942 calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... A number of notable people have been named Somers. ... The Baltic Sea The Gulf of Finland is an arm of the Baltic Sea that extends between Finland (to the north) and Estonia (to the south) all the way to the city of Saint Petersburg in Russia, where the river Neva drains into it. ... Year 1943 (MCMXLIII) was a common year starting on Friday (the link will display full 1943 calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ...


In 1944 the Soviets launched a major offensive agains't Finland. The navy fought in the Gulf of Vyborg and sustained heavy casualties. In the end the ships were forced to pull out. Combatants Finland Soviet Union Commanders Carl Gustav Emil Mannerheim Karl Lennart Oesch Leonid Govorov Kirill Meretskov Strength 268,000 375,000 Casualties 18,000 killed, 45,000 wounded, 3,000 prisoners 40,000 killed, 130,000 wounded During World War II, in the Continuation War, the Fourth Strategic Offensive was... The Bay of Vyborg (Russian: , Finnish: , Swedish: ) is a deep inlet running northeastward near the eastern end of Gulf of Finland in the Baltic Sea. ...


Lapland war

On September, 1944 the operations against Germany started. The main focus was in the north, the Lapland War, but the Germans also tried to capture Suursaari (Operation Tanne Ost), but the attack was repulsed. During the battle, Finnish MTB's (motor torpedo boats) sank several German vessels. 1944 (MCMXLIV) was a leap year starting on Saturday. ... Combatants Germany Finland Commanders Lothar Rendulic Hjalmar Siilasvuo Strength 200,000 60,000 Casualties 950 killed 2,000 wounded 1,300 captured 774 killed 3,000 wounded 262 missing The Lapland War (Finnish: ; German: ; Swedish: ) is a name used for the hostilities between Finland and Germany between September 1944 and... Operation Tanne Ost was a German operation during World War II to capture the island Suursaari in the Gulf of Finland before it could fall into Soviet hands. ...


The last action of the Finnish Navy was during the amphibious landing of troops from Oulu in Tornio. The Finnish gunboats successfully shelled German batteries, which had posed serious threat for the landingships, while their anti-aircraft batteries defended the convoy from German air attacks. The navy also hunted German U-boats in the Baltic, laying its last mines of the war while doing this. Location of Oulu in Northern Europe Coordinates: , Country Finland Province Oulu Province Region Northern Ostrobothnia Sub-region Oulu sub-region Charter 1605 Government  - City manager Matti Pennanen Area  - City 449. ... Location on Finnish map Tornio (Swedish: TorneÃ¥) is a municipality in Lapland, Finland. ...


After the Armistice the navy started very high demanding mine clearance operation, which lasted until 1950. Especially the Gulf of Finland was extensively mined. The result were high casualties among the clearance crews.


The Cold War era

The Paris peace talks in 1947 resulted in a treaty that limited the offensive capability of the Finnish military. For the navy, this meant a limitation to a fleet of no more than 10,000 tons and 4,500 men. As for the weaponry, torpedoes, submarines, mines and missiles were forbidden. The restrictions were eased in the 1960's and missiles and mines were allowed. The torpedo restriction was not either fully exercised as the Riga class frigates were equipped with torpedoes and a number of torpedo boats were manufactured as "gun boats" (but could quickly be converted to carry torpedoes).


The war time navy was replaced in the 1950's and 1960's. Due to the Finland's neutrality she tried to balance her new purchase of equipment between the two blocs and also produce its own ships. Two fast gun boats, some minesweepers and a frigate were bought from the UK, two frigates and four OSA-II class fast attack craft from the Soviet Union. The smaller vessels were usually domestically produced. Some evidence of secret Finnish Navy cooperation with the NATO have surfaced lately.[2]


Equipment

A list of current Finnish Navy vessels. ... This is a list of former vessels of the Finnish Navy. ... Image File history File links Pohjanmaa_on_ice. ...

Vessels

Patrol

Patrol/ASW FNS Kotka The Helsinki class missile boats (Finnish: Helsinki-luokan ohjusvene) are a type of vessel in use by the Finnish Navy. ... FNS Naantali launching a RBS-15 Mk3 missile // Introduction The Rauma class missile boats (Finnish: Rauma-luokan ohjusvene) are a type of vessel in use by the Finnish Navy. ... Hamina class FNS Hamina (old pennant) FNS Tornio during Siiri-05 // The Hamina class missile boats (Finnish: Hamina-luokan ohjusvene) are a type of vessel in use by the Finnish Navy. ...

  • 2 Kiisla class ships (ex- Coast Guard patrolships)

Mine Warfare The Kiisla class patrol boats is a two-strong class of patrol boats/ASW vessels in use by the Finnish Navy. ...

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Image File history File links Commons-logo. ... FNS Pohjanmaa Pohjanmaa pushes through ice Helicopter landing on Pohjanmaa // The Pohjanmaa class minelayer (Finnish: Pohjanmaa-luokan miinalaiva) is a type of vessel in use by the Finnish Navy. ... FNS Uusimaa // Introduction The Hämeenmaa class minelayer (Finnish: Hämeenmaa-luokan miinalaiva) is a type of vessel in use by the Finnish Navy. ... There have been two different classes of minesweepers named Kuha in the Finnish Navy: Kuha class minesweepers (1941) Kuha class minesweepers (1974) Category: ... The Kiiski class minesweepers (English: ) is a series of seven small minesweepers of the Finnish Navy. ... The Pansio class minelayers is a three-strong class of mine warfare vessels used by the Finnish Navy, built between 1991 and 1992. ...

Future vessels

In the late 1990s, the Finnish Navy was developing a new missile squadron called Laivue 2000 (English: Squadron 2000). At first it was supposed to consist of two Hamina class missile boats (already built at this date) and four Tuuli class hovercraft. The Navy experimented with one prototype hovercraft, but announced in 2003 that the Tuuli class would not enter active operations and that no more of them would be built. Instead two new Hamina class missile boats were built, and the extra weaponry from the hovercrafts were installed on the Hämeenmaa class minelayers. The English language is a West Germanic language that originates in England. ... Tuuli class Tuuli class // Introduction The Tuuli(wind) class hovercraft (ACV) (Finnish: Tuuli-luokan ilmatyynyalus) is a type of vessel in use by the Finnish Navy. ... A Hovercraft, or Air-Cushion Vehicle (ACV), is an amphibious vehicle or craft, designed to travel over any sufficiently smooth surface - land or water - supported by a cushion of slowly moving, low-pressure air, ejected downwards against the surface close below it. ... FNS Uusimaa // Introduction The Hämeenmaa class minelayer (Finnish: Hämeenmaa-luokan miinalaiva) is a type of vessel in use by the Finnish Navy. ...


As the new squadron is nearly finished the Navy has shifted its attention to mine prevention. The Navy will replace the old Kuha and Kiiski classes with three new minehunters. This new project also includes the development of a new mine Sea Mine 2000. Polish wz. ... The Sea Mine 2000 (Finnish: Merimiina 2000) is an advanced naval mine developed by Patria for the Finnish Navy. ...


Three mine countermeasures vessels of the MCMV 2010 programme will be launched 2009-2011. The ships have been ordered from the Italian company Intermarine and the order is valued 244.8 M€.[2] The MCMV 2010 class mine countermeasure vessel is a series of three future multi-purpose mine countermeasure vessels (MCMV) of the Finnish Navy. ...


Coastal artillery

Mainly towed artillery, fixed gun positions at island fortresses are phased out as obsolete, all artillery-based coastal defences are to be phased out.

  • 100 mm cannons
  • 130 mm cannons, both fixed (130 53 TK) and mobile (130 K 54, 130 K 90-60)
  • MTO-85 coastal missiles (SAAB RBS-15SF)
  • Spike-ER missiles
  • BOR-A 550 Ground and coastal Surveillance Radar (GSR)

The Navy will be phasing out the mobile artillery in the next few years. Training of the new Euro-Spike coastal missile systems has begun 2005 in Uusimaa Brigade. The older RBS-15 missiles will be complemented with the new RBS-15 Mk3 (MTO-85m). 100 56 TK or 100 TK (100 mm, 56 length caliber, turret gun) is a Finnish stationary coastal artillery gun that utilizes the tank turret from the Soviet T-55 tank with its 100 mm D-10 tank gun. ... Image:130 TK coastal turret gun firing. ... The 130 mm towed field gun M1954, also known as the M-46 is a manually loaded, towed 130 mm artillery piece, manufactured in the Soviet in the 1950s. ... The 130 K 90-60 is a Finnish towed 130 mm coastal artillery piece, manufactured in the 1980s by Vammas. ... For other uses, see Saab (disambiguation). ... The RBS15 is a anti-ship missile developed by the Swedish company Bofors (now Saab Bofors Dynamics) and will be also produced by Bodenseewerk Gerätetechnik of Germany. ... Spike is a fourth generation anti-tank guided missile developed by the Israeli company Rafael. ... BOR-A 550 is a ground and coast surveillance radar, developed by Thales. ... Spike is a fourth generation anti-tank guided missile developed by the Israeli company Rafael. ... The Uusimaa Brigade (Swedish: Nylands Brigad, Finnish: Uudenmaan Prikaati) is a Finnish Navy unit located near Ekenäs. ... The RBS15 is a anti-ship missile developed by the Swedish company Bofors (now Saab Bofors Dynamics) and will be also produced by Bodenseewerk Gerätetechnik of Germany. ...


Past equipment

Former ships of the Finnish Navy include:

For a complete list, see List of former ships of the Finnish Navy. Suomen Joutsen (Swan of Finland in English) (former names are Laënnec, Oldenburg) is a three mast, steel hull, full rigged ship. ... Introduction The Turunmaa class gunboats (Finnish: Turunmaa-luokan tykkivene) are a type of vessels previously used by the Finnish Navy. ... HMS Porlock Bay (K650) was a Bay-class anti-aircraft frigate of the British Royal Navy. ... The Riga class was the Nato reporting name for class of frigates built for the Soviet Navy in the 1950s. ... Tuuli class Tuuli class // Introduction The Tuuli(wind) class hovercraft (ACV) (Finnish: Tuuli-luokan ilmatyynyalus) is a type of vessel in use by the Finnish Navy. ... This is a list of former vessels of the Finnish Navy. ...


External links

References

  1. ^ Rannikon Puolustaja 3/2006, p. 59
  2. ^ [1]picture
  • Finnish Defence Forces Website of The Finnish Defence Forces
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