[New Page] Swedish Navy (Cold War)

After covering the main European naval powers, here is one of the most powerful Scandinavian Cold war fleets, the Swedish Navy (Svenska Marinen). Already considerably reinforced during WW2, as being neutral, Swedish yards were fully provisioned and staffed. A minelayer, a large class of submarines, many MTBs, two classes of destroyers, a class of cruisers were started, but only completed past 1945. There was even a projected aircraft carrier eventually cancelled in 1946. They will form the fulcrum of the Swedish Navy in 1950.

Svenska Marinen passed through a new wave of urgent and massive construction as the new immediate threat in 1947 was USSR. The entire country braced around its army, fielding one of the largest in Scandinavia thanks to the mass of its citizen militia, extensive coastal fortifications, and strong, innovative aviation spread on the landscape and nearly impossible to destroy.

Halland class destroyers
Halland class destroyers

The 1960s saw the completion of many new ships, including the Halland class Destroyers, earliest missile destroyers in Europe and quite remarkable ships. Reforms followed: In 1957, 1966, and 1982. In between, Coastal fortifications were reorganized and rearmed with modern artillery, an underground naval base dug out, and new level of camouflage mastery achieved.

In 1981 one of the most famous incident in the long list of submarine incidents Swedish coastal waters were familiar with, happened, soon to be made famous by the international press as the “whiskey on the rocks”.
Post cold war, budget cuts would radically reduce its size. Today its still around 300 vessels, although the immense majority are low to very low tonnage.

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The cold war Swedish Navy is a work in progress, and every class is to be cared for on the long run, either on this page or from this page in stand-alone posts.

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