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Keel laying ceremony for new offshore patrol vessel Turva for Finnish Border Guard.

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According to information published by Meyer Turku on March 12, 2024, the construction of the offshore patrol vessel Turva, designated for the Finnish Border Guard, reached a significant stage with the keel laying ceremony in Gdansk.
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Russian Vyborg Shipyard laid the Purga ice class coastguard ship of project 23550 925 001 Artist rendering of the offshore patrol vessel Turva. (Picture source: Meyer Turku)

The offshore patrol vessel Turva is designated for multiple tasks related to Finland's maritime security and environmental protection. Its responsibilities encompass border patrol, maintaining territorial integrity, performing sea rescues, addressing environmental damage, and supporting various other missions.

Beyond its primary duties, Turva contributes to national defense efforts. It functions as a command vessel in special maritime situations, oversees sea transportation, and monitors strategic maritime locations. Its involvement in defense extends to cooperation with the Defence Forces through sharing situational awareness and supporting national defense operations.

Equipped to fulfill its multifaceted roles, Turva possesses advanced sensors, cybersecurity measures, and the capacity for forceful intervention when necessary. It facilitates helicopter operations, supports RPAS activities, and carries versatile boat equipment.

Prepared for large-scale evacuations, the vessel has an oil recovery capacity of 1,180 cubic meters and is equipped to handle chemical spills, ship fires, ice navigation, and emergency towing. Its hybrid propulsion system and double-hulled structure enhance its operational efficiency and safety. The vessel measures 98 meters in length, 17.6 meters in width, and has a draught of 5.1 meters, powered by a 12-megawatt propulsion system.

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