For the coming year, the Royal Swedish Navy has been tasked by the Swedish government to continue its contributions to the operation. We have also been asked to take on the leadership of EUNAVFOR, the European task force within the operation, for four months. For this purpose HSwMS Carlskrona, a former ocean-going minelayer and cadet training ship, has this winter been rebuilt as an ocean patrol vessel and will be deployed as the force commander's flagship, hosting the force headquarters.
The Carlskrona will carry one helicopter, an embarked military force (for boarding and interrogation purposes), and a medical unit with surgical capabilities. The planned duration is four months, from mid-April to mid-August, with an option of two more months during the fall.
Our overall maritime strategy, developing existing systems, and opening up for more international engagement to enhance our interoperability and share burdens, has not been hampered by the international economic downturn. The Royal Swedish Navy has been and will continue to play an active part in the Swedish government's ambition to strengthen the common security of the European Union.
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