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Friday, 28 September 2018

PHOTO GALLERY #20: Jotvingis, minelayer and command vessel of the Lithuanian Navy

Jotvingis, minelayer and command vessel of the Lithuanian Navy
This is the third photo gallery (see previous posts) from my visit to Kiel, on the first weekend of the 136th Kiel Week. The Kiel Week (German: Kieler Woche) or Kiel Regatta is an annual sailing event in Kiel, the capital of Schleswig-Holstein, Germany. It is the largest sailing event in the world, and also one of the largest Volksfeste in Germany, attracting millions of people every year from all over Germany and neighboring countries. The first weekend of the Kiel Week, the famous Naval Base of Kiel, opens its gates for just four hours per day, for thousands of tourists who are eager to visit the German Navy warships and dozens of foreign warships which visit the city of Kiel, to honor the Kiel Week. Note that the majority of the visiting warships had returned from the NATO BALTOPS (Baltic Operations) Exercise, an annual joint, multinational maritime-focused exercise. It is designed to improve training value for participants enhance flexibility and interoperability, and demonstrate resolve among allied and partner forces in defending the Baltic Sea region. The Lithuanian Navy was represented by the N42 Jotvingis, former HNoMS Vidar (N52), a Royal Norwegian Navy Vidar class minelayer, built in Bergen in 1977, and sold to Lithuania in 2006 where she was later modernized. The ship has a  displacement of 1,700t at full load and has a length of 65 meters. It can carry up to 400 mines (depending on the type) and it is armed with two 40mm guns and two M2HB 12.7mm heavy machine guns. Enjoy photos from my visit aboard this very interesting warship!

The superstructure of the ship with the mast atop the bridge
View of the bridge of Jotvingis
The bow of Jotvingis




View of the bridge and the 40mm gun
turret forward of it
Jotvingis with her two RHIB
The aft 40mm gun turret. Notice the raised platform, behind
the gun turret, where was in the past a Simbad launcher












View of the ship
















Close-up photo of the ship



The stern doors of Jotvingis for laying mines
N-42 Jotvingis

The aft 40mm gun turret of the ship
Details of the 40mm gun system
Details of the 40mm gun system
Ν42 Jotvingis

The RHIB for SAR operations



The interception/pursuit RHIB


The starboard 12.7mm heavy machine gun
The port-side 12.7mm machine gun
Before entering the bridge



The platform for Simbad launcher

Interception/pursuit RHIB

The modernized bridge of Jotvingis

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