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The Swedish supercarrier HSwMS Östergötland in 1990.

Class overview
Name: HSwMS Östergötland class aircraft carrier

Götaverken, Gothenburg

Eriksberg Shipyard, Gothenburg

Operators: Swedish Navy
Preceded by: None
Succeeded by: Unknown
In commission: 1960 - Present
Planned: 6
Completed: 6
Active: 6
General characteristics
Type: Supercarrier
Displacement: 75,000 tons light
90,000 tons max load

325 m overall
284 m waterline

Beam: 80 m (extreme)
42 m (waterline)
Draft: 11 m (maximum)
11 m (limit)
Propulsion: Nuclear-powered
Speed: 34 knots (63 km/h)
Range: Unlimited distance; 20-25 years

3,400 officers and men (without jet commands & crews)

  • 22 × Bofors 40 mm AA guns (7×1)
  • 3 ×quadruple Seacat SAM launchers
  • 3 ×Squid anti-submarine mortars
Aircraft carried:

90+ fixed-wing aircraft and helicopters

21 × Saab JAS 39 Gripen multi-role fighters

21 × Saab 36 multi-role supersonic bombers

18 × Saab 37 Viggen multi-role fighters

18 × Saab 35 Draken multi-role fighters

6 × Boeing Vertal CH-46 107-II-15 Sea Knight helicopters

6 × Boeing Vertol CH-46 107-II-16 Sea Knight helicopters

The HSwMS Östergötland class aircraft carrier supercarriers were the first true fixed-wing supercarriers being built for the Swedish Navy. Three supercarriers are part of the powerful Swedish Baltic Fleet, while the other three supercarriers are part of the Swedish Northern Fleet. Six supercarriers were ordered, built and commissioned by Sweden.

When the lead ship, the Swedish aircraft carrier HSwMS Östergötland first appeared, the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics of the Soviet Union was shocked and feared that Sweden planned to build up its military capabilities and use its strategic forces to attack the USSR and the Warsaw Pact.