HMS Carlskrona is the second largest vessel in the Swedish Navy (after HMS Belos, the submarine rescue vessel). She is a minelayer but is mainly used for exercise expeditions.
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 2007.
(Oct 07) A decision has been made on HMS Carlskrona's future, and she will now replace HMS Orion as RSwN's intelligence collector (AGI). Her conversion is to start next year and she will be recommissioned later in 2008 or 2009. HMS Carlskrona's home port will continue to be Karlskrona.
Carlskrona returned from her most recent long voyage in 2005. Since then, she has been kept in port most of the time. A maintenance crew of eight people has kept her in working order.
HMS Carlskrona was refitted in 2002 at a cost of 225 million Swedish crowns. The refit left the ship fit for active service until at least 2018-20.
By kjfitz @ 2008-01-29 10:35:12