At the end of March 2019, the Royal Norwegian Navy (RNoN) received a boost to its morale, when it took delivery of it’s largest-ever warship, the 28,000-tonne replenishment-at-sea (RAS) tanker Maud. The ship was delivered about two years late, due to problems at builders DSME in South Korea.
The new ship was escorted on the final stages of its delivery journey by the RNoN frigate Thor Heyerdahl.
Designed by UK-based BMT, Maud is a scaled down version of BMT’s four Tide-class tankers, recently built by DSME for the British Royal Navy.
In addition to RAS equipment, this new RNoN asset features a flight deck and hangar for two NH-90 helicopters, as well as a 48-bed hospital facility. Diesel-electric propulsion enables a speed of 18 knots, while armament consists of four sensor-equipped, remotely controlled Sea Protector heavy machine gun systems.
Oslo is a keen participant multi-national maritime security, and disaster relief, missions, and Maud is doubtless set for a busy operational life.
Maritime security expert and columnist, Trevor Hollingsbee was a Lieutenant in the Royal Navy, Senior Superintendent with the Hong Kong Marine Police, Assistant Secretary for Security in the British Hong Kong Government Security Branch, and Intelligence Analyst in the UK Ministry of Defence. As an independent defence and security analyst he has had some 1,500 articles on maritime security, and geopolitical topics, published in a range of international journals and newspapers. He is an Associate Fellow of the Nautical Institute, and a past Vice-Chairman of the Institute’s Hong Kong branch.