Swedish Navy’s largest exercise SWENEX-21 kicks off


Published on 10/19/2021 – Last Updated on 10/19/2021 by OTC

Approximately 2,200 people will participate in Sweden’s largest naval exercise SWENEX-21, which begins today and runs for ten days. The aim of the exercise is to protect key shipping and defend Sweden’s coast. The Swedish Air Force, the Coast Guard, and the Finnish Navy are all participating in the exercise too.

Swedish Navy’s first submarine flotilla participates in Swenex.

SWENEX-21 is an exercise planned and led by the Swedish Navy in which Finland has been invited to participate. 

The training takes place primarily in the southern Baltic Sea and Hanö Bay. Around 2200 people take part in total. Approximately 25 warships, such as the corvettes, mine countermeasures vessels,  auxiliary vessels, and submarines are participating in the exercise. Finland will participate in the exercise with eight vessels.

SWENEX-21 represents a continuation of the strong SFNTG (Swedish-Finnish Naval Task Group) cooperation providing a new concept, since the NOCO (Northern Coast) exercise, for example, was carried out very small-scale as far as Finland was concerned, without the participation of Finnish vessels, says the Finnish Navy’s Chief of Staff of the Coastal Fleet, Commander Mikko Villikari

Mine countermeasures vessels will participate in the exercise
Mine countermeasures vessels will participate in the exercise


Swenex-21 will be carried out in coordination with Air Defense Exercise 21 which will be carried out by the Swedish Air Force.

Some of these exercises will be performed during the exercise:

  • Take and secure coastline to defend Sweden against an attacker
  • Maritime security, to secure imports and important ports
  • Practice logistics supply of the military units
  • Practice sea mining
  • Collaboration with other authorities, for example the Coast Guard
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A photo from SWENEX-20

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