Bergen wins Norwegian Armed Forces’ frigate maintenance extension contract

13 May 2015 (Last Updated May 13th, 2015 18:30)

The Norwegian Defence Logistics Organization (FLO) has awarded a one-year extension contract to Bergen Group for the technical maintenance of the navy's frigate class vessels.

Fridtjof Nansen and Helge Ingstad

The Norwegian Defence Logistics Organization (FLO) has awarded a one-year extension contract to Bergen Group for the technical maintenance of the navy's frigate class vessels.

Valued at Nkr70m ($9.41m), the contract has validity until July 2016.

In June 2012, Bergen received a comprehensive contract from FLO for maintenance and repair of frigate class.

The initial contract carried an option for annual renewal of up to three additional years until summer 2017. This contract marks the second renewal ordered by the navy.

Under the contract, Bergen is responsible for planning, coordination and implementation of scheduled maintenance, corrective maintenance and other additional work on the navy's five frigates.

"Bergen is responsible for planning, coordination and implementation of scheduled maintenance and other additional work on the navy's five frigates."

Work under this project will be carried out at the navy's main naval base at Haakonsvern.

The Norwegian Navy operates five Fridtjof Nansen-class frigates, namely HNoMS Fridtjof Nansen (F 310), Roald Amundsen (F 311), Otto Sverdrup (F 312), Helge Ingstad (F 313) and Thor Heyerdahl (F 314).

Built by Navantia, the vessels are designed for anti-submarine warfare, equipped to detect, identify, track, engage and attack hostile submarines.

The vessels are also equipped for anti-air warfare and anti-surface warfare roles and can carry out non-combatant tasks in peacetime. The ship houses a medical facility.

The first vessel in this series was launched from Navantia's Ferrol shipyard in June 2004 and last frigate was handed over to the navy in January 2011.


Image: The Norwegian Navy's two Nansen-class anti-submarine warfare frigates- Fridtjof Nansen and Helge Ingstad. Photo: courtesy of Bjoertvedt.