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Rauma Cuts Metal for Finnish Navy’s First Pohjanmaa Corvette

Rauma Marine Constructions (RMC) has carried out a steel-cutting ceremony for the Finnish Navy’s first Pohjanmaa-class corvette.

Additionally referred to as the Squadron 2020, the Pohjanmaa-class initiative seeks 4 multi-role corvettes to spice up Finland’s functionality towards present and future maritime threats by 2029.

The ensuing vessels shall be designed for year-round naval operations throughout the Baltic Sea in freezing and stormy situations.

Building Begins

Work for the corvettes is led by Rauma in collaboration with its subsidiary, RMC Defence, at a specialised shipbuilding heart in Finland.

For this system, Rauma has invested in metal manufacturing to allow the welding of thinner plates in keeping with the navy’s necessities.

A Pohjanmaa prototype was additionally constructed to guage the manufacturing capability for the precise vessels.

Idea of Finnish Navy’s future Pohjanmaa-class corvettes. Picture: Saab

“We’re happy with our involvement in a venture as important as this one,” RMC President and CEO Mika Nieminen stated.

“The beginning of manufacturing in the present day clearly demonstrates that we’ve got succeeded in finishing the demanding design part and are well-prepared to start the manufacturing of the vessels.”

Finland’s Squadron 2020 Vessels

Every Pohjanmaa ship measures 117 meters (384 ft) lengthy and 16 meters (52 ft) large.

It would have a capability of as much as 70 personnel and a most velocity of 26 knots (48 kilometers/30 miles per hour).

As soon as accomplished, the fleet can have enhanced floor, air, and underwater monitoring capabilities in comparison with Finland’s present warships.

Alongside native deployments, the corvettes are anticipated to sail for disaster administration missions supporting NATO’s Standing Naval Forces.

“The design of the corvettes pays explicit consideration to shock resistance, noise ranges and stealth know-how,” RMC Challenge Director Timo Ståhlhammar stated.

“The multi-role corvettes are the primary vessel class within the Finnish Navy which are designed and constructed below the surveillance of the ship classification society, together with the ship’s efficiency in ice.”

“The product growth of the technically difficult corvettes will proceed after the beginning of manufacturing.”