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Postby aukepalmhof » Wed Oct 17, 2012 8:23 pm

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The following vessels are depict on the margin of the sheet issued by Latvia.
The two submarines RONIS and SPIDOLA.
The Second War ship VIRSAITIS.
The patrol boat SKRUNDA P05
This three ships the info you can find in the index only one ship depict on the left and behind of the SKRUNDA her details are till now not given.
From Mr. Mario Rosner I got the information that she is the VIRSAITIS (A53), the no is visible on the ships bow.

Built as minelayer under yard No 120 by Mjellem & Karlsen Verft, Bergen for the Royal Norway Navy.
01 February 1976 laid down
05 August 1977 launched as HNoMS VALE (N53). One of the Vidar Class. She was named after one of the Norse mythology persons, Odin’s son Vale.
Displacement 1,673 ton standard, 1,700 ton full load. Dim. 64.8 x 12 x 4m. (draught).
Powered by two Wichman 7AX diesel engines, 4,200 hp., twin shafts, speed 15 knots.
Bunker capacity 247 tons.
Armament 2 – 40mm Bofors AA guns and can carry 320 mines. Later also fitted out with 1 Mistral SAM launcher.
Crew 60.
10 February 1978 in service.

27 January 2003 decommissioned and donated to the Latvian Navy on 27 April 2003, renamed in VIRSAITIS (A53).
Used by the Latvian .navy as fleet flag ship and tender for the patrol craft.
Her SAM missile system is removed.

Latvia label 2012
Latvia 2013 1.39 Euro sg?, scott? (she is the navy vessel on the left of the light-house.)

2012 In service.

Source: Wikipedia and various other web-sites.
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Postby aukepalmhof » Thu Sep 05, 2019 9:15 pm

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Latvia issued in 2019 3 stamps of 0.50 Euro for the 100th Anniversary of the Latvian National Armed Forces. One stamp shows warships of which the vessel in the foreground of the stamp is the VIRSAITIS, the vessel behind her is till so far not identified. Latvia Post gives on these issues:

In anticipation of the centenary of the Latvian army, Latvijas Pastshas issued three new stamps depicting the military equipment of the Latvian National Armed Forces for the territorial defence of the land, the sea and the air. The first day cancellation of the stamps is scheduled to take place in Ādaži post office at 11 Gaujas Street, from 9 AM to 6 PM on the 10th of July 2019, the birthday of the Latvian army.

The face value of each new stamp is € 0.50, which corresponds to the cost of sending an ordinary Class B letter within Latvia, while the print run of each individual stamp amounts to 100,000 copies. The release of the stamps is accompanied by a special cover with a print run of 1,000 copies. The new philatelic releases have been designed by the artist Arta Ozola-Jaunarāja.
The stamps depict the National Armed Forces’ combat vehicle reconnaissance (tracked) or CVR (T), staff and support vessel VIRSAITIS and helicopter Mi-17.
The Latvian Army was established on 10 July 1919 by combining the Independent Brigade with the Northern Latvia Brigade. A few months later, on the 11th of November, the newly established army liberated Riga from Bermont’s troops.
The main task of the Latvian National Armed Forces is the implementation of national security interests, ensuring the sovereignty and territorial integrity of the Republic of Latvia, and regional and global stability, while caring for peace and well-being in the country, as well as performing other unforeseen tasks in emergency situations.
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