The new vessels are projected to be completed in 2028

The Squadron 2020 project started in 2015 and the construction of the new vessels is scheduled to start in 2021. The new vessels are projected to be completed by 2028.

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 corvettes.

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 2021-2025. 

According to plans, the new squadron will be completed in 2028 which means that the four vessels are to be in operational readiness at that point.


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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.

2021-2025 new vessels will be constructed

2024 First test runs at sea will start

2028 The squadron is projected to be completed.