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Göteborg-class corvette
HMS Gävle
HMS Gävle (K22) in Visby harbour in 2006.
Class overview
Builders: Karlskronavarvet AB
Operators: Naval Ensign of Sweden.svg Swedish Navy
Preceded by: Stockholm class corvette
Succeeded by: Visby class corvette
In commission: 13 April 1989
Planned: 6
Completed: 4
Cancelled: 2
Active: HMS Gävle
HMS Sundsvall
Retired: 2
General characteristics
Displacement: 380/425 tonnes
Length: 57 metres (187 ft)
Beam: 8 metres (26 ft)
Draft: 2 metres (6.6 ft)
Propulsion: 3x MTU diesel engines @ 2130kW/each
Water jet propulsion system.[1]
Speed: 30 knots
Range: 3,704km
Complement: 23 officers
18 seamen
Sensors and
processing systems:
Sea Giraffe 150 HC Radar
PN621 Navigation Radar
2x Fire Control Sights(SAAB)
Simrad SS 304 Spira HMS
STN Atlas Elektronik, TAS
Thales TSM 2643 Salmon VDS
Electronic warfare
& decoys:
Rheinmetall TKWA/MASS (Multi Ammunition Softkill System)
Armament: 1 × Bofors 57mm MKII
1x Bofors 40mm
8 × RBS15 MkII AShM
4 × 400 mm tubes for Type 43/45 torpedoes
4x ELMA Antisubmarine grenadethrowers
Mines & Depthcharges

The Göteborg class is a class of corvettes in the Swedish Navy, built between 1986 and 1993. The class was originally designed to destroy Soviet submarines and surface vessels, and is armed with eight RBS-15 anti-ship missiles, torpedoes, one 57mm cannon and one 40mm cannon. Six corvettes were planned, but following the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991, the final two were cancelled. Two Göteborg-class corvettes remain in service today, and are active in international military and humanitarian operations. Both vessels, HMS Gävle and HMS Sundsvall, took part in a United Nations operation off the coast of Lebanon in 2006 and 2007, following the 2006 Israel-Hezbollah War.


HMS Göteborg Drawing

A lateral diagram of HMS Göteborg.

Bow number Ship name Laid down Launched Commissioned Service Status
K21 HMS Göteborg 10 February 1986 13 April 1989 15 February 1990 4th Naval Warfare Flotilla Decommissioned/mothballed
K22 HMS Gävle 12 January 1987 23 March 1990 17 September 1990 4th Naval Warfare Flotilla Active
K23 HMS Kalmar 21 September 1988 1 November 1990 1 September 1991 4th Naval Warfare Flotilla Decommissioned/mothballed
K24 HMS Sundsvall March 1989 29 November 1991 7 June 1993 4th Naval Warfare Flotilla Active
K25 HMS Helsingborg Cancelled
K26 HMS Härnösand Cancelled



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