High readiness action in the Baltic Sea and in Gotland

The Swedish Armed Forces has initiated a high readiness action in the south-eastern and southern Baltic Sea, due to the current, extensive military activity in the Baltic Sea region.

Försvarsmakten har genomfört en beredskapsinsats i sydöstra och mellersta Östersjön. Anledningen är den omfattande militära verksamheten som pågår i Östersjöregionen.
The Swedish Armed Forces is currently conducting a high readiness action in the south-eastern and southern Baltic Sea. Photo: Joel Thungren/Swedish Armed Forces

These are times of unrest, global security is going through rapid changes and we are witnessing a deteriorated security situation in the vicinity of Sweden.

"There is currently extensive military activity in the Baltic Sea, conducted by Russian as well as Western players, on a scale the likes of which have not been seen since the Cold War", says Jan Thörnqvist, the Swedish Armed Forces’ Chief of Joint Operations.

To a large extent, the exercise activities are more complex and have arisen more rapidly than before. In addition, the coronavirus pandemic has caused global anxiety and uncertainty. Over all, the situation is more unstable and more difficult to predict. Current developments in Belarus are a reminder.

The focus of the high readiness action is to reinforce naval surveillance in the Baltic Sea, at sea and from the air. The military presence in Gotland is also increased.

 "The Armed Forces maintains constant preparedness, around the clock, year-round. Continual assessments are made and activities are adapted to the current situation. Some operations are carried out openly and some are not", says Jan Thörnqvist.

The Swedish Armed Forces’ assessment is that the risk of a military attack on Sweden is currently low. However, the unpredictable security situation in our neighbouring region places high demands on accessibility and preparedness. The Armed Forces follows, adapts and chooses methods in order to face the situation in the surrounding world.