Hi guys! The winner of the previous poll was the Finns! So today I bring you the nation, which just celebrated their centennial, navy! New poll above, it's an easy choice now between two options. Pics as usual come from: http://blog.livedoor.jp/irootoko_jr/ and various google image searches.
Let's get this show on the seas!
We start off with the coastal defense ship, Väinämöinen, first of her class of two, 1933. Väinämöinen and her sister Ilmarinen were intended to be mobile coastal fortresses, and were armed as such carrying 4 x 254mm/45 (10") Bofors guns in dual turrets, 8 x 105mm/50 Bofors guns in 4 dual mounts, 4 x 40mm/56 Bofors AA guns in 1 dual and 2 single mounts, and 8 x 20mm Madsen AA guns (Ilmarinen had 4). She was also very slow with a top speed of only 14.5 knots (16.7 mph/26.9 km/h). Väinämöinen survived the war and was transferred to the Soviet Union after the war as war reparations and renamed Vyborg, until her scrapping in 1966.
Väinämöinen in an amazing picture taken July 29, 1944. She is fully camouflaged against an Island and is very hard to make out.
Next up is Ilmarinen, second of the class, in 1933. She was the flagship of the Finnish Navy from May 1, 1933, to her sinking on September 13, 1941. She was sunk by a mine in under 7 minutes taking 271 of her crew with her, and was the single biggest loss by the Finnish Navy to date.
Ilmarinen underway at speed. She sports a nice winter camo, and of course is showing off that odd rangefinding tower.
Ilmarinen at anchor in 1938. She isn't the most pretty ship afloat, but she packs a punch!
FNS Porvoo, Rouma-class missile boat. These, and the newer Hamina-class, are the primary force behind the modern Finnish Navy. Capable of 34 knots (39 mph/63 km/h), and armed with 1 x 40mm/70 Bofors gun, 2 x 12.7mm machine guns, 6 x Saab RBS-15 Mk 3 anti ship/surface missile launchers, and 2 x Saab Elma ASW-600 9-tube mortar launchers, they are certainly a force to be reckoned with. As of 2015 all ships of the class are grounded after fatigue damage was found in their hulls.
FNS Torino, Hamina-class missile boat. The most modern of the ships in the Finnish Navy, they are stealth ships along with being a gun and missile platform. All four are currently active and in service in the Finnish Fleet and in March, 2014 it was announced that the class would undergo upgrades in the future.
That's all folks I hope you enjoyed! New poll above for the next series of pics, and as always:
Fair winds and following seas captains!