HMS Carlskrona Ready For New Missions and New Long Voyage
(Source : Kockums AB ; issued Dec. 20, 2002)
HMS Carlskrona is ready for new missions and a new long voyage.
Following the completion of an extensive upgrade and modernization program, conducted by Kockums over the past twelve months, HMS Carlskrona was today (December 20th 2002) handed over to the customer, FMV (the Swedish Defence Materiel Administration). She may now remain in active service until at least 2020.
This upgrade and refit has cost approximately SEK 200 million. The more major changes have included a complete redesign of the galley and some office quarters, the installation of an exhaust emission control system for the diesel engines, a new firefighting system, a new computer network and command telephone system like that used on the Visby-class corvette, and a helipad for international missions. Several of these measures, such as catalytic emission control, have been implemented in compliance with the Swedish Armed Forces environmental improvement program. The upgrade has also involved implementation of extensive stability-enhancement measures.
"HMS Carlskrona is a vessel which we at Kockums have a really special feeling for, although this naturally applies equally to all those with an interest in the Swedish Navy. Built by Kockums, she was first launched in 1980, replacing HMS Älvsnabben as the Swedish Navy's training ship and cadet training vessel for extended voyages. As well as being a valuable operational asset for the Swedish Armed Forces, she has created excellent PR for Sweden and Swedish industry on her voyages abroad. She is now about to embark on yet another long voyage, and I would like to take this opportunity to wish her commander and his crew Godspeed and fair winds," said Kockums' CEO Martin Hagbyhn at a ceremony held to celebrate the handover.