Swedish Navy increases vigilance after the blasts of Nord Stream pipelines 1 & 2

According to information published by the Swedish MoD on October 3, 2022, the serious security situation to has further deteriorated following the blasts of Nord Stream pipelines 1 and 2. The Swedish Armed Forces continue to be vigilant and stand prepared to act immediately, should the need arise.
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Russian Vyborg Shipyard laid the Purga ice class coastguard ship of project 23550 925 001 A Swedish sailor conducting sea surveillance. (Picture source: Swedish MoD)

For security reasons, the Swedish Armed Forces do not comment on the individual operations conducted. However, the Swedish Armed Forces work closely with other Swedish government agencies and with international partners. Security is built through cooperation. And for obvious reasons, the Swedish navy conducts activities in the Swedish area of interest.

The navy conducts operations with the purpose of asserting Swedish territory and forming good situational awareness. The constant sea surveillance conducted is a good example.

With ships at sea and stationary sensor systems monitored from the shore, the navy looks for deviations in the normal picture. These deviations may provide valuable information to help form an overall picture of what is happening.

The 2022 Nord Stream gas leaks were a series of explosions and subsequent gas leaks that occurred on the Nord Stream 1 and Nord Stream 2 natural gas pipelines on 26 September 2022.

Both pipeline pairs were built to transport natural gas from Russia to Germany through the Baltic Sea, and are majority owned by the Russian majority state-owned gas company, Gazprom.

The leaks happened as the Baltic Pipe was being opened for natural gas to come in from the North Sea through Denmark to Poland and are believed to have been caused by intentional sabotage; however, the perpetrators' identities and the motives behind such intentional sabotage remain debated.