Ocean patrol vessel HDMS Hvidbjørnen (F 360)

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Classification

Type:
type: Patrol craft

Basic information

Country of build:
Builder:
builder: Svendborg Shipyard
Operator:
Laid down:
Launched:
Commissioned:
Status:
MMSI:
219525000

Ship measurements

Displacement:
3500 t
Length:
112.3 m
Beam (overall):
14.4 m
Draught:
6 m

Machine

Propulsion:
  • 3 * Detroit Diesel GM 16V 7163-7305 at 480 kW (640 hp)
  • 1 * Detroit Diesel 6L-71N 1063-7005 at 120 kW (160 hp) (EMG)
  • Propulsion:
  • 3 * MAN B&W Diesel 12v28/32A-D at 2,940 kW (3,943 hp), single shaft
  • 1 * Brunvoll azimuth thruster (800 kW)
  • 1 * electrical Brunvoll bow thruster (600 kW)
Speed:
21.8 knots
Range:
8.700 nautical miles at 15 knots

Crew

Complement:
52
Air wing:
49

Combat assets

Boats & landing craft:
  • 2 * 7 m (23 ft) RHIBs
Electronics:
  • 1 * Terma Scanter Mil 009 navigational radar
  • 1 * Furuno FR-1505 DA surface search radar
  • 1 * Plessey AWS-6 air search radar
  • 1 * SaabTech Vectronics 9LV 200 Mk 3 fire control system
  • 1 * SaabTech CTS-36 hull-mounted sonar
  • Thales TMS 2640 Salmon variable depth sonar
  • FLIR Systems AN/AAQ-22 SAFIRE thermal imager
  • 1 * Thales Defense Ltd Cutlass radar warning receiver
  • 1 * Thales Defense Scorpion radar jammer
  • 2 * Sea Gnat launchers (for chaff and flares)
Armament:
  • 1 * 76-mm 62-cal. OTO Melara Super Rapid DP
  • 7 * 12.7 mm heavy machine guns
  • 4 * 7.62 mm light machine guns
  • 1 * depth charge rack and MU90 Advanced Lightweight Torpedo for anti-submarine warfare
Aircraft:
  • 1  * Westland Lynx Mk.90B helicopter. From approx. 2016: MH-60R

HDMS Hvidbjørnen (Hvidbjørnen is older Danish for polar bear) is a Thetis-class patrol vessel belonging to the Royal Danish Navy. Hvidbjørnen served as a platform for Commander Danish Task Group from 1998 to 2002, whereafter her sister ship Thetis assumed the role. During a patrol in the waters of the Faroe Islands, the French trawler Bruix was suspected of illegal fishing. When approached by Hvidbjørnen the French trawler refused to let an inspection team aboard and started to sail towards the territorial border.

During the chase the two ships collided (no persons injured). Hvidbjørnen and Ejnar Mikkelsen participated with Danish air elements in sovereignty and Search and Rescue exercises off Greenland's west coast in 2009. The vessels' patrol took them to the Nares Strait, close to Hans Island, the approaches to the Northwest Passage, and to Lancaster Sound. In Lancaster Sound they joined in a Search and Rescue exercise with the Canadian Coast Guard vessel, CCGS Henry Larsen.

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