Swedish Navy Mothballs Largest Ship For Lack of Officers

September 5th, 2007  

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Swedish Navy Mothballs Largest Ship For Lack of Officers

The Swedish navy's largest ship, HMS Carlskrona, is to be mothballed due to a lack of officers. A decision on whether to refit, sell or scrap the minelayer will be made later in the autumn.

The Carlskrona returned from its most recent long voyage in 2005. Since then, it has been kept in port most of the time. A maintenance crew of eight people has kept it in working order.

The 3rd Naval Warfare Flotilla in Karlskrona currently has 43 vacancies for officers. A number of officers resigned their commissions during the summer.

The commander of the flotilla has asked the navy's top brass for permission to lay up HMS Carlskrona. This permission was granted, but it is unclear what will then happen to the ship. HMS Carlskrona was refitted in 2002 at a cost of 225 million kronor. The refit left the ship fit for active service until at least 2020.
September 5th, 2007  
A Can of Man
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September 5th, 2007  
No personel left for PR missions.
The officers still on AD are needed for operational postings.
This is in my eyes a sign of the Navy finally stepping up to the plate and turning efficient with it´s remaining crews.

One thing is certain, there is enough work to go around.


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