US Navy to continue hunt for Swedish sub
Published: 18th April 2006 10:05 CET
For almost a year the US Navy has been hunting a Swedish submarine, the HMS Gotland, off America's west coast.
The hunt is, of course, a one year training programme - but the Americans now want to extend the contract with the Swedish Navy.
Time after time, as part of the Americans' training in tracking down smaller vessels, the Swedish submarine and its crew have eluded their pursuers.
The programme started last summer but the US Navy has said that it would like to hire the Swedish submarine and crew for another year, reported the newspaper Blekinge Läns Tidning.
That is good news as far as the Swedish submarine flotilla is concerned, and it has already requested the government's permission to continue.
"Both the Americans and ourselves are interested in a continuation," said Jens Plambeck, chief of staff at the First Submarine Flotilla in Karlskrona.
The key to the HMS Gotland's success is the Stirling engines which allow the submarine to remain underwater for a unusually long time.