HMS Helsingborg (K32)

Helsingborg at high speed in the Baltic, while operating with the destroyer USS Oscar Austin (DDG 79) in 2017. US Navy photo.

Nation
Ship Class
Ship Type
Launched
2003
Commissioned
2009
AD/BC
AD
History

HMS Helsingborg (K32) is the second of five Visby-class corvettes operated by the Sweedish Navy. Ordered in 1995, she was launched in 2003, and began sea trials on 24 April, 2006. Helsingborg underwent sea trials for the next three years, which included a trip to the Mediterranean in 2006, entering full service with the 31st Corvette Squadron, 4th Naval Warfare Flotilla, on 19 December, 2009. Packed into her tiny 650 ton hull are two waterjets powered by two diesel engines and four gas turbines, allowing a maximum speed in excess of 40 knots. Helsingborg mounts a Bofors 57mm Mk2 main gun, and eight RBS-15 anti-shipping missiles. The hull is described as being a "GHOST Fiber Reinforced Plastic (FRP) Hull", which helps with reducing her radar signature.