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GREEK SPECIAL FORCES ORDER VIKING PATROL CRAFT

Thursday, July 23, 2020 

Viking Life-Saving Equipment has won a tender to supply the Hellenic Army Special Forces with its Munin S1200 daughter craft, the largest boat type currently offered by Viking.

Designed to operate for extended periods of time away from land or its mother ship, the 12m length by 3.5m deep-V hull boat will support Special Forces in tactical manoeuvres, patrol and search and rescue operations.

John Georgiadis, MD of Viking in Greece, said: "This is one of a number of recent successes we have had in Greece and with the Hellenic Armed forces in particular. It is an honour to have such a strong relationship with a client of this stature, and I applaud our team for the time and effort they dedicated to securing the tender.”

The contract follows the Hellenic Navy’s order of 11 Viking Norsafe Metis RIBs, announced last month. Recent wins in Greece have also seen the commissioning of two Metis 600 units for the Navy’s Fast Missile Launch Craft. All of these craft are built at Viking's facilities in Greece.

The Viking Norsafe Munin S1200 is supplied with either a petrol or diesel engine and can be fitted with sterndrives, surface drives or a waterjet propulsion system. In this case, the RHIB features a triple Mercury Verado 400 Racing outboard motor, to drive the S1200 through the water at over 65 knots. The Mercury Verado 400 is noted for its robust yet easy-to-handle lightweight glass fibre housing.

The new open S1200 design incorporates knowledge gained from its existing closed-cabin S1200 counterpart and has passed a series of tests involving user groups representing the Hellenic Coast Guard, border patrol, customs and other governmental authorities.

Endre Eidsvik, VP Sales and Service, Viking Norsafe boats and davits division, said: “Crucially for this order, the design and construction of the S1200 has been found to meet the exacting requirements of the Hellenic Army Special Forces for a high-performance, low-maintenance boat that supports SAR operations day and night, in all weather conditions.”

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