On 27 September the Norwegian submarine Utvaer sailed into Norfolk, Virginia, marking what is said to be the first time a submarine from that nation has visited a U.S. port. The Utvaer traveled to the United States to take part in antisubmarine training operations with a number of other naval assets. The vessel is an Ula-class boat, assembled by Thyssen Nordseewerke of Emden using the German type 210 design (but the pressure hull was produced separately by Kværner Brug in Oslo). Launched in April 1990, the Utvaer entered service in November of that year and has a small crew of about 20 personnel, including three officers. A total of six units were ordered in 1982 and all were in service by April 1992. Sisters include the Ula, Utsira, Utstein, Uthaug, and Uredd. The Utvaer joined Norway’s guided-missile frigate Fridtjof Nansen in Norfolk to assist with composite unit training for the USS Enterprise (CVN-65) Carrier Strike Group.
By Eric Wertheim