THE DESIGN, SUPPLY, USE AND OPERATIONAL DEVELOPMENT OF THE GRIFFON AMPHIBIOUS HOVERCRAFT FOR THE SWEDISH COAST GUARD

The Swedish Coast Guard (SCG) has a long coastline with many islands to patrol and for several months each year, the Swedish waters in the Gulf of Bothnia are frozen, either fully or in localised areas. This has given the SCG severe problems in patrolling these areas efficiently. In 1990 the SCG decided to evaluate the various options available to work in this type of terrain. The possibility of the use of small amphibious hovercraft was considered and an initial appraisal of all such vessels was carried out. A contract was awarded to produce a Griffon 2000TDX(CP) hovercraft with a delivery occurring early in 1992. This paper outlines problems that the SCG had, the history of the development of Griffon hovercraft, how the hovercraft have developed in service and shows how a particular problem was solved by the use of amphibious hovercraft.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Intl Symposium on High Speed Vessels for Transport and Defence; 23 & 24 Nov 1995; London, UK. Procs. Publ by RINA, London, UK. Ppr 16 [13 p, 1 ref, 11 fig]
  • Authors:
    • Gifford, J H
    • Dagnevik, A
  • Publication Date: 1995

Language

  • English

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00727886
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: British Maritime Technology
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Nov 4 1996 12:00AM