Finland Planning To Sell Its Flagship

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  • 02:44 PM, July 10, 2013
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Finland is all set to sell its flagship, the minelayer Pohjanmaa.

The Navy officials say that it may leave a gap in the Finnish fleet.

The Finnish Navy’s commander-in-chief, Rear Admiral Veli-Jukka Pennala, confirmed the planned sale to Yle on Tuesday. The plan as it stands is to sell the ship, and if no buyer is found to place it in a museum.

The ship, which was constructed in 1978, will go out of service in 2015. Pennala is concerned that its absence might leave a gap in the military’s maritime capabilities.

The Pohjanmaa participated in anti-piracy operations off Somalia, intercepting and sinking one pirate launch. The vessel is currently in Kotka, where the navy is holding anniversary celebrations.