Class: Spica Patrol/Torpedo Boat
Length: 42.5 m
At the end of the 1950s the Swedish Navy started the planning for successors to their ships in the Plejad class. After extensive studies and comparisons between Norwegian, English, and German torpedo boats, Sweden finally decided to buy drawings from the Lürssen shipyard for the Jaguar-type boat with a steel hull. These drawings made the base for the new Swedish torpedo boat project, called T121 Spica.
Despite its design with a relatively small hull and displacement, the Spica carried weaponry quite up to the standard of the destroyers from World War II. This class of ship revolutionized the warfare capabilities of torpedo boats through a wide range of novelties, and it was a breakthrough in applied electronics technology. Its key innovations:
During winter Spica is at her winter home at the navy torpedo boat base at Gålö (Djupviken, Latitude 59.07461400, Longitude 18.20460300). While at the restricted access military base she cannot be vivited. She is open to the public Saturdays and Sundays during summer (May 28, September 10, June-August) when moored at the Vasa-museum (http://www.vasamuseet.se/) in the centre of Stockholm and also during the "Skeppsholmen-day" the first Sunday in September every year.
Skeppsholmen-day in 2004
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