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Coastal Fleet
Kustflottan
Heraldic arms
Active 1904–2000
Country Sweden
Allegiance Swedish Armed Forces
Branch Swedish Navy
Type Naval force composed of surface combatant, minelayer, minehunter and submarine units
Role Naval authority
March "Kustflottans marsch" (Åke Dohlin)[1]
Insignia
Naval Ensign Naval Ensign of Sweden.svg

Coastal Fleet (Swedish language: Kustflottan , Kfl) was until 1994 a Swedish Navy authority with the main task of training the naval ships commanders and crews.[2] After the formation of the authority Swedish Armed Forces in 1994, the Coastal Fleet remained as a unit until 2000.

History[edit | edit source]

The Coastal Fleet at Strömmen in Stockholm in 1937.

The Swedish Navy ships were equipped for expeditions during the summer months and were organized in temporary squadrons under the leadership of the Highest Commander (högste befälhavare). In 1904 an Inspector of the Navy's Exercises at Sea (Inspektör för flottans övningar till sjöss) was also appointed, the highest commander of the coastal squadrons. From 1909 the squadrons began to be called coastal fleets. From 1919, the positions of the Highest Commander and Inspector of the Navy's Exercises at Sea (SFS 1918:868) were merged and the position of the Highest Commander of the Coastal Fleet (Högste befälhavaren för kustflottan) was created, which in turn was changed in 1931 to the Chief of the Coastal Fleet (Chefen för kustflottan).[3]

The command sign of the last Chief of the Coastal Fleet, Frank Rosenius, was lowered on 30 June 1998.[4]

Commanders[edit | edit source]

Chief of the Coastal Fleet, Rear Admiral Yngve Ekstrand and Louise Mountbatten in 1943.

Inspector of the Navy's Exercises at Sea[edit | edit source]

Highest Commander of the Coastal Fleet[edit | edit source]

  • 1919–1919 – Carl August Ehrensvärd
  • 1919–1923 – Carl Alarik Wachtmeister
  • 1923–1925 – Fredrik Riben
  • 1926–1927 – Otto Lybeck
  • 1927–1931 – Harald Åkermark

Chief of the Coastal Fleet[edit | edit source]

  • 1931–1933 – Harald Åkermark
  • 1933–1939 – Fabian Tamm
  • 1939–1942 – Gösta Ehrensvärd
  • 1942–1945 – Yngve Ekstrand
  • 1946–1950 – Erik Samuelson
  • 1950–1953 – Stig H:son Ericson
  • 1953–1957 – Erik af Klint
  • 1957–1961 – Bertil Berthelsson
  • 1961–1966 – Einar Blidberg
  • 1966–1970 – Dag Arvas
  • 1970–1977 – Christer Kierkegaard
  • 1977–1980 – Bengt Rasin
  • 1980–1982 – Bror Stefenson
  • 1982–1985 – Jan Enquist
  • 1985–1990 – Claes Tornberg
  • 1990–1994 – Sten Swedlund
  • 1994–1998 – Frank Rosenius

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Sandberg, Bo (2007) (in sv). Försvarets marscher och signaler förr och nu: marscher antagna av svenska militära förband, skolor och staber samt igenkännings-, tjänstgörings- och exercissignaler (New ed.). Stockholm: Militärmusiksamfundet med Svenskt marscharkiv. p. 204. ISBN 978-91-631-8699-8. 10413065. 
  2. "Kustflottan" (in Swedish). Nationalencyklopedin. http://www.ne.se/uppslagsverk/encyklopedi/l%C3%A5ng/kustflottan. 
  3. "Chefen för kustflottan (1875 – )" (in Swedish). National Archives of Sweden. https://sok.riksarkivet.se/?Sokord=kvalificerat+hemliga+ub%C3%A5t*&EndastDigitaliserat=false&AvanceradSok=False&page=4&tab=post&vol=n&postid=Arkis+D48F865E-C405-11D6-81CC-00D0B73E7A8B. 
  4. Jeppsson, Tommy (2009). "Kustflottans historia" (in Swedish). Stockholm: Kungl. Krigsvetenskapsakademien. p. 132. 3417415. http://www.kkrva.se/wp-content/uploads/Artiklar/095/kkrvaht_5_2009_11.pdf. 

Further reading[edit | edit source]

  • (in sv) Kustflottan: de svenska sjöstridskrafterna under 1900-talet. Marinlitteraturföreningen, 0348-2405 ; 94Forum navales skriftserie, 1650-1837 ; 34. Stockholm: Kungliga örlogsmannasällskapet. 2009. ISBN 978-91-977973-1-3. 11621245. 

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