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KNM Valkyrien

The Navy's most important logistics vessel, the KNM "Valkyrien", was disposed of after 21 years of service in 2015.

KNM Valkyrien was a logistics vessel equipped to solve a variety of different missions, technical maintenance, towing operations and other assistance to the navy combat vessels. Subsequent supply includes fuel, supplies, ammunition, spare parts and other materials. The navy states that the logistics vessels support combat vessels and departments in daily operations, during drills and operations. The vessels support, among other things, sanitation, fuel, consumables and spare parts. The mission is to give the combat systems increased accessibility and endurance through carrying out logistics operations where the vessels are located.

The vessel can take on board containers equipped with content adapted to those fighting vessels that need support. During maritime exercises and operations, the permanent crew is strengthened with personnel belonging to MARCSS, which has special expertise in the areas of sanitation, technical maintenance and supply management. Read more about MARCSS.

The ship has had varied tasks during the 21 years. In recent times, the vessel has participated in several international exercises. The Navy specifically draws attention to the support for the Norwegian MTBs in Lebanon in 2006-2007, and the role of command vessels in NATO's standing mine strengths in 2012 and 2014. The main tasks have most often been to be small-scale logistics vessels (MTBs, mining divers, UVB and combat boats). Valkyria has also supported frigates and larger vessels with fuel. The vessel and MARCSS were deployed to Cyprus in 2006/2007. The mission was to support four MTBs under operation Unifil II in Lebanon.

In Scandinavian mythology, Valkyries [val-klr'ez, Icel. valkyrja, chooser of the slain) were maidens, usually nine in number, who attend on Odin. Odin sent the Valkyries into the battle to mark out the victors, and those who shall be slain. The Edda appears to have been compiled in Iceland in the thirteenth century, but, by whom, is uncertain. The greater part of this work is filled with the exploits and adventures of their supreme divinity, Odin, or Wodan. The greatest earthly happiness, according to the notions of those people, consisted in warlike enterprises; and, accordingly, Odin is represented as the God of Battles, and of irresistible prowess. His palace is called Valhalla, and is situated in the city of Midgard, where the souls of heroes who have bravely fallen in battle enjoy supreme felicity. There they are represented as spending the day in mimic hunting matches, or imaginary combats. At night they assemble in the palace of Valhalla, where they feast on the most delicious viands, dressed and served up by the Valkyrie virgins adorned with celestial charms, and blooming with perpetual youth. One of their highest pleasures is drinking mead (the nectar of the Scandinavian heroes) out of the skulls of enemies whom they had killed in their earthly battles.

Adorned with golden ornaments, they ride through the air in brilliant armor, order battles, and distribute the death lots according to Odin's commands. Fertilizing dew drops on the ground from the manes of their horses, light streams from the points of their lances, and a flickering brightness announces their arrival in the battle. They conduct the souls of the heroes who fall in battle to Valhalla, where they act as his cup bearers. Two valkyries, Hrist and Mist, are cup bearers to Odin himself.

The valkyries are of diverse origin. Some of them spring from elves and other superhuman beings, and some are the daughters of princes, who in their lifetime are numbered among the valkyries, showing all their qualities, and becoming valkyries when they die. They ride generally in companies of three, or of three times three or four times three. The valkyries represent the clouds, especially those of the storm. As the white clouds, however, they are regarded as swan maidens, one of the most widespread beliefs in folklore. Whosoever gains possession of their feathered robes has them in his power.

Their evolution into the maidens of Odin seems to be of later origin. Still later, in the Icelandic versions of the Nibelung Saga, Brunhilda, the daughter of Odin, is represented as a valkyrie. The myth of the valkyries has been treated in Die Walkure, the second of the four divisions of Wagner's music drama, Der Ring das Nibellungen.

Role Logistics vessel
Year built 1981. Purchased by the Navy in 1991
Speed 16 knots
Length 68 meters
Displacement 3,500 tonnes
Arms 12.7 guns
Crew 26 people; 8 commanders, 3 guardians, 7 apprentices and 8 guardians

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KNM Valkyrien

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