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The Project, to modify HMS Carlskrona into a modern support vessel has been undertaken in parallel with the Swedish Armed Forces training of the crew prior to operation in the Gulf of Aden.The Project, to modify HMS Carlskrona into a modern support vessel has been undertaken in parallel with the Swedish Armed Forces training of the crew prior to operation in the Gulf of Aden.

The ability to base a helicopter onboard, a new boat for the boarding team and a new casualty lift to move injured personnel directly from a helicopter to the sick bay – these are some of the modifications FMV completed on the ocean patrol vessel, HMS Carlskrona, before she commenced operations off the Horn of Africa in the Gulf of Aden in 2013.

When Nils Dalborg steps from the quay to board HMS Carlskrona it is not for the first time. He was FMV’s project manager for equipment preparation before the Swedish operation in the Gulf of Aden. For four months the ship and her crew monitored maritime traffic and escorted aid supplies as part of the EU’s Operation Atalanta.

- What we actually did was the first stage in transforming Carlskrona into a support ship that can provide warships with spare parts and supplies at sea, says Nils Dalborg. The changes we made were also beneficial in connection with the operation last year. We are now in the middle of the second stage.


The first concrete steps in this transformation began in November 2012. We converted the old mine deck into a large deck for the loading and offloading of supplies. A flexible storage system was also installed to keep track of spare parts and other equipment. A number of modifications were also made to command and control, and communication systems.

The ship was provided with a new rigid inflatable boat (RIB), powered by aviation fuel, for the ship’s boarding team. A number of other facilities were added in order to allow a helicopter to be based onboard for extended periods. Previously it was only possible for helicopters to land and take off and stay onboard for short periods.

The medical facilities were enhanced with the addition of a casualty lift. This allows injured personnel to be transferred, in one uninterrupted move, from the helicopter directly to the sick bay below deck.

Tight timetable

- At the same time as all these modifications were being carried out, the Armed Forces completed their annual inspection of the ship and – from the beginning of January 2013 – the crew alternated between training for operations and our work. Despite the tight timetable, everything worked out really well, thanks to excellent cooperation between everyone involved, explains Nils Dalborg.

The ship set sail from Sweden on 13 March 2013 and took part in Operation Atalanta from the beginning of April until August. After the operation FMV started the second stage, to complete the transformation of Carlskrona into a support ship. This work includes the installation of equipment that will allow Carlskrona to refuel other ships at sea. The aim is to have all work completed by the beginning of 2014.

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Published: 2014-05-28 10:39. Changed: 2014-05-28 10:48. Responsible: Show e-mail address.