3rd Naval Warfare Flotilla
The Third Naval Warfare Flotilla is a rapid reaction unit of the Swedish Navy. The flotilla has the capacity to monitor sea areas, sea lanes and shipping and it has the operational capability to carry out missions on the surface or under water and undertake mine clearance in harbour areas, in coastal water and in the open sea. International operations today set the tone for the work of the flotilla. Its ships' staffs train and exercise both officers and national service seamen to form mission-ready units. The flotilla is constantly providing trained personnel to serve on a range of international missions.
The flotilla consists of a command staff, a corvette division, a mine clearance division, a sea trials command for Visby Class corvettes and Koster Class mine countermeasures vessels (MCMV) together with a maintenance division. The corvettes Stockholm and Malm÷ are well equipped for action against surface, air or underwater targets. Because of their versatility, allied to their ability to operate for extended periods both in coastal waters and on the open sea, these vessels are much in demand internationally. With their effective sensors, the corvettes are able to maintain surveillance of extensive sea areas and airspace and, if necessary, can rapidly bring their considerable firepower to bear on any targets.
The corvette Visby will be highly suitable for both national and international missions due to its stealth technology, multi-function systems and well trained crew. The Koster Class MCMV is among the world's most effective mine countermeasures vessels, being equipped with modern sensors which give it an all-weather defence capability.
The maintenance division, with its support vessel HMS Tross÷ and its maintenance group, has the ability to support the flotilla's operational vessels. The support vessel is also able to function as a platform from which the flotilla's Commanding Officer can direct operations at sea. In addition, the support vessel is capable of providing support for other naval vessels and the civil authorities in areas such as maritime rescue operations and environmental tasks.
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