Late in 2014 Portugal’s navy announced intentions to acquire four retired Flyvefisken-class (Stanflex 300) multifunction guided-missile patrol craft from Denmark. Fourteen of the 450-ton (full load) craft were originally built between the mid-1980s and mid-1990s, with the last units retired from Danish service by 2011. These boats are designed to be configurable for a wide variety of missions, including patrol, intelligence collection, antiship warfare, antisubmarine warfare (ASW), minesweeping, minelaying, survey, oceanographic research, buoy tending, and fisheries-protection operations. The four units being transferred reportedly include the Glenten, Ravnen, Skaden, and Viben (pictured here), all of which were previously configured as small combatants. In Danish service the vessels could carry up to 8 Harpoon antiship missiles and 12 Sea Sparrow surface-to-air missiles in their missile-boat configurations, or a variable-depth sonar and torpedoes when fitted for ASW. Up to 60 mines could be carried when used as a minelayer. Three Flyvefisken sisters were also transferred to Lithuania between 2008 and 2010.
By Eric Wertheim