Finland to participate at anti-submarine warfare exercise in Sweden

According to a press release published by the Finnish Navy on April 13, 2021, two Hamina-class fast-attack craft of the Finnish Navy will take part in the annual anti-submarine warfare exercise organised by the Swedish Navy on 15-20 April 2021 off the east coast of Sweden.
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The exercise will enhance the cooperation between Finland and Sweden in anti-submarine warfare.

- It is a versatile exercise which will allow to train the crews to operate the vessels and conduct submarine search and anti-submarine operations efficiently. Finnish Navy will get training in the use of the new underwater systems of the overhauled Hamina-class fast-attack craft against real submarines, says Chief of Staff of the Coastal Fleet, Commander Mikko Villikari.

The Finnish vessels will participate in the exercise on the invitation of the Swedish Navy. The exercise will the commanded by the Swedish Navy’s 4th Naval Warfare Flotilla. Finland’s participation in the exercise has been approved by the Ministry of Defence in the Defence Forces’ exercise activities programme 2021.

The Hamina-class is a fast attack craft of the Finnish Navy that was built in the late 1990s, early 2000s, and are the fourth generation of Finnish missile craft. The first vessel was ordered in December 1996 and the fourth was handed over by the Finnish Navy on 19 June 2006.

The Hamina-class is armed with one Bofors 40 mm Mk.4 dual-purpose gun, one Saab Trackfire remote weapon station with a 12,7mm machine gun, Gabriel Mk.5 anti-ship missile and torpedos Torped 45/47. The ship is also fitted with Saab 9LV combat management system, Kongsberg ST2400 towed sonar (from Rauma class), new TRS-3D phased array C-band radar and Saab Ceros 200 radar and optronic tracking fire control director.