VIKING Wins Greek Patrol Boat Order

Maritime Activity Reports, Inc.

July 24, 2020

A similar type and spec of the VIKING Norsafe Munin S1200 Open that will be delivered to the Hellenic Army Special Forces (Photo: VIKING)

A similar type and spec of the VIKING Norsafe Munin S1200 Open that will be delivered to the Hellenic Army Special Forces (Photo: VIKING)

VIKING Life-Saving Equipment reports it has won a tender to supply the Hellenic Army Special Forces with its Munin S1200 daughter craft, continuing a series of agreements that support patrol, defense and search and rescue capability of Hellenic seaborne forces

Designed to operate for extended periods of time away from land or its mother ship, the 12m length by 3.5m deep-V hull boat will support Special Forces in tactical maneuvers, patrol and search and rescue operations. The Munin S1200 is the largest boat type currently offered by VIKING.

The VIKING Norsafe Munin S1200 is supplied with either a petrol or diesel engine and can be fitted with sterndrives, surface drives or a waterjet propulsion system. In this case, the RHIB features a triple Mercury Verado 400 Racing outboard motor, to drive the S1200 through the water at over 65 knots. The Mercury Verado 400 is also renowned for its robust yet easy-to-handle lightweight fiberglass housing.

The new open S1200 design incorporates knowledge gained from its existing closed-cabin S1200 counterpart and has passed a series of tests involving user groups representing the Hellenic Coast Guard, border patrol, customs and other governmental authorities, says Endre Eidsvik, VP Sales & Service of the VIKING Norsafe boats and davits division.

“Crucially for this order, the design and construction of the S1200 has been found to meet the exacting requirements of the Hellenic Army Special Forces for a high-performance, low-maintenance boat that supports SAR operations day and night, in all weather conditions,” Eidsvik says.

“This is one of a number of recent successes we have had in Greece and with the Hellenic Armed forces in particular,” says John Georgiadis, Managing Director of VIKING’s branch in Greece.

The contract follows the Hellenic Navy’s order of 11 VIKING Norsafe METIS RIBs, announced last month. Recent wins in Greece have also seen the commissioning of two METIS 600 units for the Navy’s Fast Missile Launch Craft. All of these craft are built at VIKING's facilities in Greece.

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