Vard Holdings Limited, a designer and shipbuilder of offshore and specialized vessels, held a naming ceremony for Norway’s new surveillance vessel “Marjata” at Vard Langsten.
The vessel was contracted by the Norwegian Defence Logistics Organisation in 2011 and will be operated by the Norwegian Intelligence Service. It is equipped for surveillance activity in the Barents Sea and the High North, and is one of the most technologically advanced vessels of its kind.
The vessel was named by the Norwegian Prime Minister, Mrs. Erna Solberg on 6 December 2014. The ceremony was attended by the Minister of Defence, Mrs. Ine Eriksen Søreide, as well as high-ranking representatives of the Norwegian Armed Forces and Norwegian Intelligence Service.
The hull of the vessel was constructed at Vard Tulcea in Romania, and it is currently being outfitted at Vard Langsten. The vessel will be delivered from the yard in 1Q 2015, and will enter operative service for the Norwegian Intelligence Service in 2016. The new vessel, named “Marjata”, replaces a predecessor by the same name, also built at Vard Langsten and in operation since 1995.
Kjell Grandhagen, Director Norwegian Intelligence Service, commented,
The naming of Marjata is an important milestone in the process towards the vessel entering into operative service in 2016. The new Marjata will be an important element in the continuation of the Norwegian Intelligence Service’s mission in the High North, and represents a modern resource which will contribute to secure Norway’s information needs for the next 30 years.
Press release, Image: Norwegian Armed Forces