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by Richard Tomkins
Owego, N.Y. (UPI) Nov 14, 2014

Sweden confirms foreign submarine incursion
Stockholm (AFP) Nov 14, 2014 - Sweden said Friday it had evidence that a mini submarine entered its waters in October, in a Cold War-style incident that triggering a week-long hunt fuelled by heated speculation of a Russian incursion.

"The Swedish defence forces can confirm that a mini u-boat violated Swedish territory. This is a serious and unacceptable violation by a foreign power," the Supreme Commander of the Swedish Armed Forces Sverker Goeransson told reporters.

He added that it was impossible to confirm the vessel's nationality.

The search, which stirred up memories of Cold War cat-and-mouse games with suspected Soviet submarines along Sweden's long, rugged coastline, involved battleships, minesweepers and helicopters as well as more than 200 troops.

Sweden's Prime Minister Stefan Loefven issued a stark warning against any future incursions.

"Those who consider entering Swedish territory illegally should be aware of the enormous risks it will mean for those involved in the violation," he said.

"We will defend our territorial integrity with all available means. The armed forces has the necessary power to prevent a foreign vessel from getting away with it in a critical situation, and to do so with military force."

The October submarine hunt was triggered on October 17 after sightings of a "man-made object". Hundreds of reports from members of the public then flooded in, recording "something" in waters near Stockholm.

Although Sweden has consistently declined to point the finger at Russia, the search added to concerns in the region over a more assertive Kremlin since the start of the conflict in Ukraine and an uptick in Russian airforce activity over the Baltic.

During the search, Russia denied it had a vessel in the area and claimed it might be a Dutch submarine that had been on a joint exercise with the Swedish navy prior to the October 17 sighting. The Netherlands denied that, saying its submarine had left by that date.

The U.S. Navy has received its 200th Sikorsky Aircraft MH-60R submarine-hunting helicopter with advanced mission systems and sensors by Lockheed Martin.

The aircraft was delivered by Lockheed Martin to the Navy's Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron Seven-Two.

"We are proud to continue supporting the U.S. Navy by delivering a multi-role aircraft with a game-changing sensor suite that shifts the advantage from the submarine to the helicopter," said Dan Spoor, vice president of Aviation and Unmanned Systems for Lockheed Martin's Mission Systems and Training business.

"As surface and submarine warfare becomes increasingly complex, the MH-60R's capabilities are unmatched in identifying, locating, tracking and prosecuting these threats."

The MH-60R is based on the UH-60 Black Hawk and features a modular capability -- the weapon systems it carries can be modified to match specific mission requirements. Its mission systems compile data from onboard and offboard sensors to create an integrated picture that enhances decision-making.

In addition to its anti-submarine and anti-surface warfare roles, the MH-60R can also perform search-and-rescue, vertical replenishment, naval surface fire support and other missions.

The Navy plans for a fleet of 291 MH-60R helicopters.


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Sweden confirms foreign submarine incursion
Stockholm (AFP) Nov 14, 2014
Sweden said Friday it had evidence that a mini submarine entered its waters in October, triggering a week-long hunt with echoes of Cold War stand-offs fuelled by speculation of a Russian incursion. "The Swedish defence forces can confirm that a mini submarine violated Swedish territory. This is a serious and unacceptable violation by a foreign power," the supreme commander of the Swedish arm ... read more

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