The Jan Mayen-class (P6615 Project) vessels are being built for the Norwegian Coast Guard (Kystvakten). The vessels can perform a range of operations, including long-distance transits, search and rescue (SAR), surveillance, and oil recovery.
The P6615-class vessels will operate in the Arctic zone and will replace the ageing Nordkapp-class coast guard ships.
The Norwegian Government announced plans to construct three new coast guard vessels in September 2016. Upon reviewing offers from three shipyards, Vard Langsten shipyard was selected for further negotiations in October 2017.
The Norwegian parliament approved the investment for the vessels in June 2018. Vard signed a Nkr5bn ($617m) contract for the construction of three coast guard vessels for the Norwegian Coast Guard in the same month.
The hulls of three vessels will be built at the Vard Tulcea shipyard in Romania. Deliveries are expected to be completed by VARD Langsten shipyard in Norway, in 2022, 2023 and 2024 respectively.
Design and features of Jan Mayen-class vessel
The coast guard ship will feature an ice-strengthened hull and will have an overall length of 136.4m, a beam of 22m and a draft of 6.2m. The full load displacement of the vessel will be 9,800t. The ship will have the capacity to accommodate up to 100 people.
The vessel can accommodate a AW101 size rotorcraft on stern deck while its hangar can house two NH90s. It will also feature hospital facilities and operation rooms for supporting both military and civilian operations.
A telescopic TBD-10000L davit system and two PLR-5003KV units will be installed on each vessel. Both the units will have the capability to handle fast rescue boats (FRBs) of up to 8.5m-long. The davits will be winterised for full functionality in lower temperatures up to -25°C.
The ship will also feature a wagon-based boat transfer system on deck-mounted rails, which integrates components of the MissionEase multi-boat transfer system. It will also have the ability to house two special-purpose rigid-hull inflatable boats (RHIBs).
The Jan Mayen vessels will incorporate a 9LV fire control system (FCS) which helps the vessel to detect, monitor and combat threats, with unprecedented accuracy.
The multi-role ship will be equipped with a main gun and machine guns. It can also provide storage support for torpedoes and mines for anti-submarine warfare (ASW) helicopters.
Navigation and communication systems aboard Jan Mayen-class
The Jan Mayen-class coastguard vessel will be installed with a range of navigation systems, including Marins Series inertial navigation system (INS), Quadrans gyrocompass and Netans navigation data distribution and computation system (NDDCS).
The navigation equipment will allow the vessel to continuously receive reliable navigation information and address the cybersecurity challenges faced by the naval forces.
The ships will feature a TactiCall integrated naval communication system, which will enable the crew to control both internal and external communications.
The coast guard ships will be equipped with SS1221 sonars which will have the capability of detecting torpedoes or other small objects.
The vessels will be fitted with TRS-3D radars that also include a secondary radar MSSR 2000 I for identification-friend-or-foe (IFF). The three-dimensional TRS-3D naval radar can locate and track both aerial and sea targets and safeguard on-board helicopters.
Engine and performance
The vessel will be powered by a diesel-electric propulsion system which will allow it to sail at a maximum speed of 22k. The endurance of the ship will be more than 60 days.
iXblue was contracted by Vard Group to deliver navigation technologies for the P6615 Jan Mayen class vessels in January 2021.
Kongsberg Maritime secured a contract from Vard to supply sonars for the coast guard vessels in August 2020. The sonars will be delivered with retractable hull units and gate valves for ice protection.
Vard placed an order with Saab for the 9LV FCS, including the Ceros 200 fire control director in February 2019. Saab also signed a contract for providing communication systems for the vessels in January 2019.
In June 2018, LMG Marin received an order from the Norwegian Defence Materiel Agency (NDMA) to design the three Jan Mayen-class coastguard vessels.
Vestdavit is responsible for providing davits equipped for polar conditions. HENSOLDT was contracted to supply the latest versions of radar and IFF system.