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The Swedes hire one of their finest ships for Atalanta II


(BRUSSELS2) Sweden wants to continue to get involved in the European Union's anti-piracy operation and intends to show it more. In 2010 it should therefore hire one of its finest flagships, the minehunter, HMS Carlskrona (M04) which is also the training ship for the Swedish navy (as I was told). And no longer corvettes, more modest. Sweden claims operational command on site (cf. Who will command Atalanta II), that she could get.

The ship will be engaged for 4 months in the first half of 2010. Cost of the operation: 211 million crowns (around 19 million euros) and 145 men involved in total. “Sweden can afford it,” says the Swedish Ministry of Defense. The 3.150 ton HMS Carlskrona is 105 meters long and travels at a speed of 20 knots. It has 40mm and 57mm cannons. Its crew consists of around 100 people (including 27 officers).

— NGV —

Photo: Swedish Armed Forces, Andreas Karlsson

Nicolas Gros Verheyde

Chief editor of the B2 site. Graduated in European law from the University of Paris I Pantheon Sorbonne and listener to the 65th session of the IHEDN (Institut des Hautes Etudes de la Défense Nationale. Journalist since 1989, founded B2 - Bruxelles2 in 2008. EU/NATO correspondent in Brussels for Sud-Ouest (previously West-France and France-Soir).

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