05:38 GMT09 May 2021
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    HELSINKI (Sputnik) - The Swedish and Finnish navies will hold annual anti-submarine exercises from April 15 to 20 off the eastern coast of Sweden, the Finnish navy said.

    “This is a versatile event that will enable us to train crews to navigate ships, effectively conduct submarine search and anti-submarine operations," Finnish Coastal Fleet Chief of Staff Mikko Villikari said.

    "We will be trained to use the new submarine systems of the modernized Hamina-class fast-attack craft against real submarines,” he said.

    Finnish ships will take part in the exercise at the invitation of the Swedish Navy. The 4th Naval Flotilla of the Swedish Navy is in command of the exercise.

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