De­liv­ery of Visby

SP's MAI - - MILITARY -

Visby, the lead ship of a new class of corvettes, has fi­nally been handed over to the Swedish De­fence Force; these are the stealth­i­est and most flex­i­ble war­ships yet de­signed. The fi­nal de­liv­ery of the ship by FMV, the Swedish Armed Forces Ma­teriel Ad­min­is­tra­tion, to the Armed Forces is en­ter­ing its fi­nal stages.

“There re­main sev­eral tri­als and ex­ams be­fore we can start us­ing HMS Visby fully but right now it feels good that the ship is fi­nally de­liv­ered to the armed forces,” said Anna-Karin Broth, com­man­der of 41.ko­rvettdi­vi­sio­nen, the 41st Corvette Division. This unit, one of four di­vi­sions of the Fourth Naval War­fare Flotilla, will op­er­ate the Visby-class corvettes.

Two Visby-class corvettes are planned to be in­cluded in the Fourth Naval War­fare Flotilla. We are cur­rently train­ing crews for the next ship that is very high-tech. Its 43-strong crew of of­fi­cers and rat­ings must have solid train­ing to han­dle the ship and its sys­tems, said Anna-Karin.

The cer­e­mony be­gins on HMS Visby’s he­li­pad, and the fine weather con­tin­ues. All par­tic­i­pants have been work­ing for the same goal, to get the corvette Visby ready to start pro­ject­ing power. “The ves­sel has re­peat­edly demon­strated out­stand­ing re­sults. I look for­ward to soon be­gin us­ing its ca­pa­bil­i­ties as in­tended,” said Anna-Karin.

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