This week, the Finnish and Swedish Navies carried out a joint anti-submarine warfare train within the Gulf of Finland. Multi-purpose vessel Louhi, Hamina-class fast-attack craft Hamina and Tornio and a patrol boat of the Border Guard took half within the train. The Navies skilled anti-submarine warfare within the framework of a CBT (Cross Border Coaching) train a part of the FISE cooperation carried out between Sweden and Finland. Sweden despatched Gotland-class submarine HSWMS Uppland to the train. The train serves the target of creating worldwide interoperability, anti-submarine warfare functionality coaching and contributes to the know-how of the personnel. The air defence and floor warfare capabilities have additionally been up to date.

The train is part of the shut cooperation carried out by Finland with Sweden. Taking part in worldwide coaching actions is essential, as a result of it demonstrates, maintains and develops our nationwide defence, says the chief of the train. Along with anti-submarine warfare, provision of host nation help will even be rehearsed this week: HSWMS Uppland hooked up itself to the aspect of multi-purpose vessel Louhi for upkeep and provides in Hanko this morning, Jousia continues. The Hamina-class fast-attack craft collaborating within the train have undergone an intensive overhaul which has improved specifically the vessels’ underwater warfare capabilities, i.a. with the mixing of torpedoes and Variable Depth Sonar VDS.


Swedish Navy Gotland-class submarine HSWMS Uppland (Picture by Finska Marinen/Finnish Navy)

HSwMS Uppland (Upd) is a submarine within the Swedish Navy. It’s the second submarine within the Gotland-class. In 2020, HSwMS Uppland did bear a mid-life improve, as her sister HSwMS Gotland after her. Through the improve, a variety of programs that shall be used within the subsequent technology submarines, the Blekinge-class (A26), was put in. Greater than 20 new programs on board the brand new Gotland-class was applied, which contributes to their de-risking for the A26. The improve course of entails many new programs, such because the Stirling AIP, a whole new mast suite, sonars and sensors in addition to administration and communication programs. So as to host all programs, the submarine has gained size to 62 m and one other 200 tons in weight, to succeed in a displacement (surfaced) of 1580 tons.

Louhi (pennant quantity 999) is a Finnish multipurpose oil and chemical spill response vessel owned by the Finnish Surroundings Institute (SYKE), however manned and operated by the Finnish Navy. Along with environmental duties, Louhi will also be used as a help ship for underwater operations by the Finnish Navy. The Hamina-class missile boat is a category of quick assault craft of the Finnish Navy. The Hamina class’ main weaponry is 4 RBS-15 Mk.3 anti-ship missiles. In early 2018, Finland introduced the mid-life improve program, which can equip all 4 boats within the class with new Swedish light-weight anti-submarine warfare torpedoes within the years 2023-2025 and prolong the lifetime of the boats to 2035.

Finnish Navy Hamina-class fast-attack craft Tornio
Finnish Navy Hamina-class fast-attack craft Tornio (Picture by Finska Marinen/Finnish Navy)