VIKING supplies Munin patrol craft to the Hellenic Army Special Forces

The contract for this large open-top patrol boat is latest in a series of agreements that support patrol, defense and search and rescue capability of Hellenic seaborne forces.

23 July 2020 – VIKING Life-Saving Equipment has won a tender to supply the Hellenic Army Special Forces with its Munin S1200 daughter craft, the largest boat type currently offered by VIKING.

Designed to operate for extended periods of time away from land or its mother ship, the 12m length by 3.5m deep-V hull boat will support Special Forces in tactical maneuvers, patrol and search and rescue operations.

“This is one of a number of recent successes we have had in Greece and with the Hellenic Armed forces in particular,” says John Georgiadis, Managing Director of VIKING’s branch in Greece. “It is an honor to have such a strong relationship with a client of this stature, and I applaud our team for the time and effort they dedicated to securing the tender.”

The contract follows the Hellenic Navy’s order of 11 VIKING Norsafe METIS RIBs, announced last month. Recent wins in Greece have also seen the commissioning of two METIS 600 units for the Navy’s Fast Missile Launch Craft. All of these craft are built at VIKING’s facilities in Greece.

The VIKING Norsafe Munin S1200 is supplied with either a petrol or diesel engine and can be fitted with sterndrives, surface drives or a waterjet propulsion system. In this case, the RHIB features a triple Mercury Verado 400 Racing outboard motor, to drive the S1200 through the water at over 65 knots. The Mercury Verado 400 is also renowned for its robust yet easy-to-handle lightweight fiberglass housing.

The new open S1200 design incorporates knowledge gained from its existing closed-cabin S1200 counterpart and has passed a series of tests involving user groups representing the Hellenic Coast Guard, border patrol, customs and other governmental authorities, says Endre Eidsvik, VP Sales & Service of the VIKING Norsafe boats and davits division.

“Crucially for this order, the design and construction of the S1200 has been found to meet the exacting requirements of the Hellenic Army Special Forces for a high-performance, low-maintenance boat that supports SAR operations day and night, in all weather conditions.”



VIKING Life-Saving Equipment is a global market leader in maritime and offshore safety. Headquartered in Denmark, the corporation manufactures, supplies and services everything from chute and slide-based evacuation systems to liferafts, lifejackets, immersion suits, firefighting equipment, aviation safety gear, lifeboats, hooks, davits and more.

VIKING brings its customers all the elements needed to simplify safety, including the world’s broadest range of safety products and a highly efficient, worldwide servicing network. And it stands out in the ability to offer complete safety compliance solutions – all certified in accordance with the latest IMO, SOLAS, EU and USCG requirements. Known as VIKING Shipowner and Offshore Safety Agreements, these uniquely customizable solutions incorporate safety products, global servicing, exchange, single-source management, and financing in a variety of fixed price structures.

In 2018, VIKING acquired Norsafe, the Norwegian boatbuilder whose lifeboats are used throughout the world, adding further strength to an unmatched product and service offering in the global maritime safety industry.

Founded in 1960, the privately held corporation manufactures in Denmark, Norway, Bulgaria, Greece, China and Thailand, and provides safety solutions in all significant markets and locations.


For further information please contact:

John Georgiadis, Managing Director
VIKING Norsafe Life-Saving Equipment Hellas
t: +30 22620 22441

Endre Eidsvik
VP Sales & Service Boats & Davits
t: +47 737 88 8400

Thomas Hestehave
Global Marketing Communications
t: +45 2542 8454