The new vessels are projected to be completed in 2027
Squadron 2020 project started in 2015 and the construction of the new vessels
is scheduled to start in 2019. The new vessels are projected to be completed by
The Finnish Navy will decommission a total
of seven vessels; Minelayer Pohjanmaa was decommissioned already in 2013 and
four Rauma-class fast attack crafts and two Hämeenmaa-class minelayers will
be phased out in the 2020s. The vessels
scheduled to be decommissioned will be replaced by four multi-role
The project was launched in 2015
Minister of Defence Jussi Niinistö launched
the Squadron 2020 project in 2015 but the preliminary work started already in
2008. Before the project’s launch, studies were made on the requirements for
new vessels. This developed the capability to design a modern surface combatant
and make supporting analyses.
The decision on the new vessels will be
made during this Government's term of office and the aim is to construct the
vessels in 2019-2024. The first test run is scheduled for 2022.
According to plans, the new squadron will be completed in 2027 which means that the four vessels are to be in operational readiness at that point.
Timeline of the Squadron 2020 Project
2008 The research and development work for the Squadron 2020 project starts
2015 Defence Minister Jussi Niinistö starts the Squadron 2020 project The objective is to replace the Navy’s ageing surface combatants
2015-2018 Project planning in progress
2017 Design contract is signed with Rauma Marine Constructions Oy
2018-2019 Procurement and construction contracts. An order authorisation needed for the procurement will begin in 2018.
2019-2024 new vessels will be constructed
2022 First test runs at sea will start
2027 The squadron is projected to be completed.