A boat that’s designed to hunt whales is set to sail off the coast of Japan.
The boat, which was built by Danish manufacturer Vestas, will be named Viking.
It’s the latest addition to a fleet of hunting boats built for the Arctic.
Viking, a design that has been popular with the military, has a bow-mounted gun and a cannon that fires arrows.
The company’s chief executive, Gunnar Bjorkland, said the Viking would be equipped with a radar gun to track whales and a boat with a high-speed boat to hunt seals.
He said the boat could be used in both Arctic and Antarctic waters.
“In the Arctic, it will be able to hunt for whales,” Bjorklund told the Associated Press news agency.
“In the Antarctic, it can hunt seals, and it can go out for seals and hunt for walruses.”
The Viking’s name is a nod to Norse mythology, according to Vestas CEO Gunnar Bækland.
The boat is also known as a “dælga,” or ship, in Norse mythology.
“It is a hunting boat that we designed to chase whales and hunt seals,” he said.
Vestas bought the boat in 2015 and plans to open it up to the public in 2018.
Bjorkland told the AP the company had been working on the boat for about six months.
The company is in talks with Japanese government officials and is seeking help from the U.S. government to bring the Viking back to the U, he said, adding that the vessel is a commercial success.
“I hope that the Japanese government will help us in this,” Bjorkson said.