Hauk class patrol boat
Hauk class patrol boat
Patrol boat
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s are a series of Norwegian
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 fast attack craft. Hauk means hawk
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 in Norwegian
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. They were ordered in the 1970s and the first boat, Hauk, was commissioned on 17 August 1977. Designed as a development of the Storm- and Snøgg-class, by Lieutenant-commander (later Captain) Harald Henriksen, the 14 Hauk class vessels make up the Coastal Combat flotilla
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, responsible for protecting the rugged coast
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line of Norway. The ships are continuously modernized and are today known as "Super-Hauks." The Royal Norwegian Navy
Royal Norwegian Navy
The Royal Norwegian Navy is the branch of the Norwegian Defence Force responsible for naval operations. , the RNoN consists of approximately 3,700 personnel and 70 vessels, including 5 heavy frigates, 6 submarines, 14 patrol boats, 4 minesweepers, 4 minehunters, 1 mine detection vessel, 4 support...

 deployed four of these warships for anti-terror patrol in the Strait of Gibraltar
Strait of Gibraltar
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The Hauk class ships have been modernized (Super-Hauk) to meet the arrival of the new and more modern Skjold class
Skjold class patrol boat
The Skjold class patrol boats is a new class of superfast, large stealth missile craft, formerly known as MTBs . From 2009, the Royal Norwegian Navy officially label them as coastal corvettes because their seaworthiness is seen as comparable to corvettes. They are built at the Umoe Mandal yard...

 MTBs. This modernization includes the Senit 8 CMS, Link 11 (receive only), modifications of the Penguin missiles and upgrades to the navigation equipment.

All the ships have been decommissioned as of 2008.


  • Hauk (P986) - Commissioned 17 August 1977
  • Ørn (P987) - Commissioned 19 January 1979
  • Terne (P988) - Commissioned 13 March 1979
  • Tjeld (P989) - Commissioned 25 May 1979
  • Skarv (P990) - Commissioned 17 July 1979
  • Teist (P991) - Commissioned 11 September 1979
  • Jo (P992) - Commissioned 1 November 1979
  • Lom (P993) - Commissioned 15 January 1980
  • Stegg (P994) - Commissioned 18 March 1980
  • Falk (P995) - Commissioned 30 April 1980
  • Ravn (P996) - Commissioned 20 May 1980
  • Gribb (P997) - Commissioned 10 July 1980
  • Geir (P998) - Commissioned 16 September 1980
  • Erle (P999) - Commissioned 10 December 1980

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