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The Kiisla class was a Finnish class of two patrol boats later converted to anti-submarine warfare vessels. The ships were built in 1984 and 1988 at the Hollming shipyard in Rauma, Finland for the Finnish Coast Guard. They were transferred to the Finnish Navy in 2004.

Kurki 51 patrol craft in Suomenlinna 2.JPG
Kurki in Suomenlinna
Class overview
Name: Kiisla class
Operators:
Preceded by: R class
Completed: 2
Scrapped: 2
General characteristics
Type: Patrol boat
Displacement: 280 tons
Length: 48.1 m (158 ft)
Beam: 8.8 m (29 ft)
Draught: 2.2 m (7 ft)
Installed power:
  • 2 × MTU 16V538TB93 engines
  • 2 × 2,750 kW (3,688 hp)
Propulsion: KaMeWa water jets
Speed: 25 knots (46 km/h; 29 mph)
Complement: 35
Armament:

The two vessels of the class formed the Guard Squadron (Finnish: Vartioviirikkö) of the 7th Missile Boat Flotilla and they were based at Upinniemi.

After only a few years in service in the Finnish Navy, the Kiisla-class patrol boats were laid up and offered for sale. In January 2013, the Finnish shipowner Joakim Håkans proposed that the unused vessels should be donated to Djibouti, where they would be used for anti-piracy patrols.[1] On 10 July 2013, it was announced that as no sufficient buyer had been found, Kiisla and Kurki would be scrapped and salvaged parts used as spares for other vessels of the Finnish Navy.[2] The ships were broken up in 2015.[3]

Vessels of the classEdit

  • Kiisla (50)
  • Kurki (51)

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Varustamopomo: Merivoimien turhat sotalaivat pitäisi lahjoittaa Afrikkaan. Turun Sanomat, 26 January 2013. Retrieved 2013-01-26.
  2. ^ Merivoimat luopuu kahdesta aluksestaan. Turun Sanomat, 10 July 2013. Retrieved 2013-07-10.
  3. ^ Kiislan & Kurjen purkutyö. Western Shipyard, 20 January 2016. Retrieved 2018-07-13.