Named after Queen Maud of Norway, the new ship will be the largest vessel ever operated by the Royal Norwegian Navy. With her 180 meter long body, Maud will be used by the navy to provide fuel and fresh water for other units at sea. It will additionally support allies and take part in international and humanitarian missions.
Full scale hospital
Maud’s primary task is to increase the endurance of the armed forces by providing them with fuel, spare parts, ammunition, consumables and sanitation, wherever it is geographically needed. In modern warfare, mobile logistics is necessary to ensure operational defence both at home and abroad. As the rest of society, the Norwegian navy has undergone a technical generational change and KNM Maud is the latest proof of that.
Apart from her logistic function, Maud houses a fully functional hospital, with all units necessary – such as operation room, x-ray, quarantine and intensive care. The ship has the medical facility to treat up to 48 patients. This means that Maud may be secondarily suitable to support civil society in the event of a crisis or disaster, humanitarian or search and rescue (SAR) operations.