Military Capabilities

Swedish Navy at ‘crossroad’ for Gavle corvette replacement concept

01 February 2018

Key Points

  • As it considers replacement options for its Gavle class, Sweden is seeking to balance the requirement for capability across the operational spectrum with numbers needed to provide presence across its areas of interest
  • With the two corvettes operating out to 2026, new platforms will need to be in service in the mid-2020s

The Royal Swedish Navy (RSwN) is at a decision juncture in terms of how to balance platform capability and numbers in replacing its two Gavle-class corvettes, according to an RSwN officer.

Speaking at the IQPC Surface Warships conference in London on 30 January, Captain Fredrik Palmquist, commanding officer of the RSwN’s 4th Naval Flotilla, noted that the two corvettes – HSwMS Gavle and HSwMS Sundsvall – are currently being upgraded to extend their service lives out to 2026.

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