Today KV Harstad is used as a coast guard vessel with many capacities. The vessel is heavily armored and can take in up to 1,000 tonnes of oil spills. It is also equipped for fire extinguishing and has a massive towing force.
KV "Harstad" was built as Coast Guard its contribution to the state tugboat preparedness. The vessel was built in 2005 by Søviknes shipyard to the civilian company Remøy shipping. Initially, the company leased the vessel to Coast Guard. The defense took over the vessel in January 2009. "Harstad" is today a reigned coastguard vessel with many capacities that the Coast Guard has not had before. The vessel is well equipped for oil spill preparedness and has been fitted with lenses to take care of such tasks. Tankane to the vessel can collect 1000 tonnes of oil.
The vessel is also equipped for fire fighting and has a high towing force. Therefore, "Harstad" can go directly to one of the casualties and immediately carry out both towing, fire extinguishing and oil collection. "Harstad" is also ready to embark on NATO's submarine management system and can act as a platform for the Navy's submarine vehicle. Good tank capacity allows the vessel to operate for a long time without additional supplies. "Harstad" is also equipped to supply the stations on Jan Mayen, Hopen and Bjørnøya with diesel.
|Manufacturer||Søviknes yard (Norway)|
|Arming||A 40 mm Bofors L 70 cannon and two 12.7 mm MG|
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