Readiness check of naval mine laying under air defence

Last week, the Swedish Armed Forces’ Chief of Joint Operations gave orders for an unannounced operational readiness check of units from all service branches including Home Guard units.

A unit from the Air Defence Regiment, Lv 6, provided area protection.
A unit from the Air Defence Regiment, Lv 6, provided area protection. Photo: Bezav Mahmod/Swedish Armed Forces
A mine being loaded on the corvette.
A mine being loaded on the corvette. Photo: Bezav Mahmod/Swedish Armed Forces
Home Guard units from the Central Military Region and regional high readiness units provided ground protection.
Home Guard units from the Central Military Region and regional high readiness units provided ground protection. Photo: Bezav Mahmod/Swedish Armed Forces
A sea mine being laid in the southern part of Stockholm Archipelago.
A sea mine being laid in the southern part of Stockholm Archipelago. Photo: Bezav Mahmod/Swedish Armed Forces

A corvette from the Fourth Naval Warfare Flotilla laid mines, serviced by personnel from the Naval base. Mine-laying was conducted in the southern archipelago of Stockholm in order to protect part of the coast line. Simultaneously, a unit from the Air Defence Regiment, Lv 6, provided area protection by means of air defence missile system 97 and its successor, system 98. On the ground, Home Guard units from the Central Military Region and regional high readiness units provided ground protection. Chief of Joint Operations Michael Claesson, who visited the participating units, explains why the readiness check was conducted:

“The purpose of the SNAPEX is to strengthen the defence of Sweden and this is part of the Swedish Armed Forces’ ambition to enhance operational capability. This type of checks is vital to ensure that our units are capable of solving the tasks they are assigned in times of crisis and war.”