EML Admiral Pitka A230 of the Estonian Navy
Photographed in Gothenburg on 10 April 2007.
THis is a Beskytteren-class ocean patrol vessel of the Estonian Navy and belongs into the Estonian Navy Mineships Division.
The command and support frigate Admiral Pitka is the flagship vessel of the Estonian Navy and the Mineships Division and also the first modernized frigate in the navy. The colors of the vessels coat of arms represents the knights honor on the battlefield and also connections and joint history between Estonia and Denmark. The shape of the cross points to the Estonian Liberty Cross and points out Admiral Johan Pitkas important role during the Estonian War of Independence. The ships motto is in Latin „Pro Patria” which means in English "For fatherland". The coat of arms was designed by Priit Herodes and Captain-Lieutenant Jaan Kapp.
As HDMS Beskytteren (F340) she was built in Denmark, at Værft shipyard, Aalborg. The vessel was launched on 29 May 1975 and she entered service a year later on 27 February 1976. The Danish Navy decommissioned Beskytteren in 2000 and donated the vessel to the Estonian Navy. The ships name comes from an Estonian admiral's Johan Pitka family name.
Displacement: 1,970 tons full.
Length: 74.7 m (245 ft 1 in), Beam: 12.2 m (40 ft 0 in), Height: 21 m (68 ft 11 in), Draught: 5.3 m (17 ft 5 in).
Propulsion: 3 x B&W Alpha Mark 16 V23LU diesel engines (7,440 hp) driving a single variable pitch propeller.
1 Ulstein Bow Thruster
Speed: 18.5 kn (34.3 km/h)
Range: 6,000 nm (11,000 km) at 13 knots (24 km/h)
Complement: 8 officers, 35 sailors.
Picture added on 02 November 2009 at 07:30