The Royal Norwegian Navy produces naval forces and provides maritime capabilities for operational deployment in peacetime, crisis and war – both nationally and internationally.
The Navy is led by the Chief of the Navy, supported by the Naval Staff. The Navy is divided into: the Fleet, the Coast Guard, the naval schools and the naval bases. The current Chief of the Navy is Rear Admiral Lars Saunes.
Frigates and corvettes
The Norwegian fleet is
responsible for manning, training and maintenance of the Navy's units and their associated operational support units. Main naval units
include the frigates of the Fridtjof Nansen-class, the submarines of the
Ula-class, the corvettes of the Skjold-class and finally, the MCMVs of
the Oksøy-class and the Alta-class. All units are homeported at
Haakonsvern naval base in Bergen, Western Norway.
The Norwegian Coast Guard is
organised within the Navy to ensure education, manning and maintenance. The Coast Guard operates 15 vessels
of various types, sizes and capabilities. All the vessels are homeported at the Norwegian Coast Guard Base in Sortland, Northern
Norway. They are operated through a dual-crew concept, resulting in an operational pattern with more than 300 sea days for each
vessel a year.
The naval schools are
responsible for recruitment and education of naval personnel of all
categories. Main units are the Naval Academy, the naval recruit depot
at HNoMS Harald Haarfagre and the main naval training centre, HNoMS
Navy has two naval bases which function as operational and logistical
hubs. The main base is Haakonsvern Orlogsstasjon, located 15 kilometres (10 miles) outside the centre of Bergen.
Haakonsvern is a "full pitstop" facility containing all necessary
resources to support the Navy in its day-to-day operations. The other base is located in Ramsund, Northern Norway. This facility has a
more limited capability, but still serves as an important logistical
facility in the High North – an area of great importance to Norway.
The Navy has more than 4,000 officers, non-commissioned officers and ratings.
Naval vessels and units are state-of-art and the knowhow among the personnel is substantial, ensuring that Norway has a capable and ready
naval capability at hand.