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Naval Legends: HSwMS Småland.


This ship, moored at a pier in the
Gothenburg’s port, is destroyer Småland. She was built after World War II,
but it was the destroyers of her class that became the first ships in the world
to receive a new generation of weapon— anti-ship guided missiles. In order to preserve neutrality,
a country needs a strong army and navy— this was one of the core
principles of Swedish politics throughout the entire 20th century. The naval shipbuilding program
that had been adopted in 1938 progressed unaffected, even as World War II raged
across the rest of the world. Once the war was over, it turned out
that the Swedish Navy in the Baltic Sea was on par with the
might of the Soviet Navy. By the mid-20th century, the naval
doctrine of this Scandinavian kingdom basically remained the same. From the 1960s until
the very end of the Cold War, Sweden had an
outstanding defense system— a combination of warships,
submarines, and aviation. Its purpose was to discover enemies
in the Baltic Sea as early as possible, far away from the Swedish border. Of course, today you can say it
openly (back then you couldn’t)— the Soviet Union
and possible troop landings were considered
to be the main threat. Experience from the war set exact
priorities: powerful AA defenses, efficient fire control systems,
hydroacoustics, and radar. The new generation of destroyers
was required to oppose aerial, surface, and underwater threats
with equal efficiency. At the same time,
their traditional role— delivering torpedo strikes
in battles—basically faded away. Ships like these
were designed in Europe at the end of the 1940s
and beginning of the 1950s— the Daring-class
destroyers in Great Britain; the Surcouf class in France, which were direct successors
of the pre-war destroyer leaders; the anti-submarine Friesland-class
destroyers in the Netherlands; and Project 41 in the U.S.S.R. Swedish destroyer Småland
was part of that generation. They were created as flotilla
leaders for surface ships. That’s why they needed to have both
the armament and operational range that would allow them to complete
missions across the entire Baltic region. Two destroyers of this class—Halland
and Småland—clearly demonstrated that technical innovations
at the beginning of the 1950s were not limited to NATO
countries and the U.S.S.R. Welcome aboard destroyer Småland. She was launched in 1952,
here, in Gothenburg, and commissioned
into the Swedish Navy in 1956. This ship was built with the experience gained in
World War II taken into consideration, both in terms of AA defenses and
protection against nuclear weapons. Specifications
of destroyer Småland. Length: around 121 meters.
Beam: over 12 meters. Draft: 5.5 meters.
Total displacement: 3,740 tons. We are on the forecastle
of destroyer Småland, and from here you can see all the
artillery armament that we have on board. Artillery armament: two twin mounts
Bofors М50, caliber: 120 mm, one twin mount
Bofors М40, caliber: 57 mm, six automatic cannons
Bofors М48, caliber: 40 mm. They are all produced by Bofors
and are completely automatic. Even the 120 mm guns
are loaded directly from the hold, then fired in the traditional way. Missile armament: anti-ship
missiles Rb 315, later—Rb 08. …Robot 08—their range is 75 km, and they are equipped
with a target-seeking head, i.e. they are able
to home in on their target. Anti-submarine armament: two quadruple
375 mm anti-submarine rockets m/50. They are controlled
from the anti-submarine post, which also has hydrophone sensors—
sometimes also called sonar. When a submarine is discovered,
these eight missiles are launched: four like this, and four like this. After they dive underwater, the first four missiles position
themselves below the target, and the remaining ones,
above the target. If everything goes smoothly, they create
what’s known as the “sandwich effect.” Torpedo Armament: one triple-tube and
one quintuple-tube torpedo launcher with a caliber of 533 mm. It could fire either standard torpedoes
or special anti-submarine torpedoes. In total, we have eight torpedo tubes,
capable of firing from both sides. The torpedoes are long—7.5 meters,
and each weighs over one ton; their caliber is 533 mm. The Swedish Royal Navy
uses their own model of torpedoes, unlike the navies
of many other countries that have to import
their torpedoes from abroad. Power plant: two De Laval turbines
and two Penhoët 40 water tube boilers Power: 58,000 horsepower hp.
Maximum speed: 35 knots. We are now in the second boiler
room—one of two on this ship. This room is special because it has
automatic electric burners installed. It means that the boilers don’t need
to be lit and operated manually. So, all these burners
are completely automatic and can easily be tuned to produce
the necessary volume of steam. Range—3,000 miles
at a speed of 20 knots. If you compare
the specifications of Småland to those of other European destroyers
from the first post-war generation, the Swedish ship
is arguably the most balanced. The French Surcouf and Dutch Friesland
were built as specialized ships: the French—
for anti-aircraft defense and the Dutch—
for anti-submarine defense. That’s why Friesland was the first
destroyer without torpedo tubes and Surcouf had
as many as six 57 mm guns in her automatic
anti-aircraft mounts. Three other ships of this type were
constructed as versatile destroyers: British Daring, Soviet Project 41,
and Swedish Småland could be easily classified
as light cruisers by pre-war standards. The Soviet ship
looked stronger on paper, but serial production
of Neustrashimiy-class destroyers was canceled in favor
of a newer project. At the same time, the Swedish ships turned out
to be the most advanced in Europe— Halland and Småland carried anti-ship
missiles and automated artillery mounts. Halland-class destroyers were
so balanced and sophisticated that the Columbian government
ordered two similar ships for their navy from Sweden,
although a simpler variant. Their powerful
and versatile armament was the reason why these
destroyers were in demand. In 1978, the Halland-class
ships underwent modernization and received a new
generation fire-control system… and was considered the best
AA defense system in the world. It’s curious that such
state-of-the-art equipment was successfully
installed on quite an old ship. We are in the combat information
center of destroyer Småland. This was my workplace. We sat at this table: the artillery
officer; me—the flotilla adjutant; the AA defense officer;
and an operator. All the ship’s artillery was controlled
from here, as well as the AA guns and sometimes even the entire
AA defense system of a flotilla. The radar operator sat behind me. He was responsible for
surveying the surface situation, while the second radar
operator tracked air targets. The position finder
is located over there. The crew of destroyer Småland
consisted of 290 people. The sailors had their
own mess room with a TV. While the berthing spaces
weren’t that comfortable, they were practical and convenient,
as you would expect from Scandinavians. That’s how around
200 crew members lived— sailors and petty
officers, to be precise. At that time, we had mess rooms,
berthing spaces, the galley here— in short, everything
you might need. Sailors slept on two-tier bunks,
and sometimes even in hanging bunks. The sailors ate right here. In a group of 8–10 people, one was responsible for bringing
the food down from the galley. The sailors mostly
worked here, downstairs. We are in the cabin intended
for a task force’s commander, as the destroyer sometimes
had the flotilla command aboard, in addition to her usual crew. It’s noteworthy
that his cabin was used when the King and Queen would embark
on state visits on board the ship. An interesting fact: in such cases, this single bed was
replaced with another one. It was delivered by a well-known
Swedish furniture company, and used when the King and Queen
would sail on state visits to Finland. Småland and Halland
turned out to be too expensive for the
kingdom’s military budget, and the construction of two more
ships of this class was canceled. Instead, the
Swedish Navy ordered four cheaper-and-less-complex
destroyers of the Östergötland-class. As for the Halland-class ships, they remained the largest and most
complex destroyers ever built in Sweden. Småland served in the
Royal Swedish Navy until 1978, then she was decommissioned
and turned into a museum. The reason why the ships
of this class were decommissioned was a combination
of economic factors and difficulties with maintaining
them in full combat readiness. Furthermore, they were almost
30 years old by that time. So, Småland arrived here, in Gothenburg,
in 1986, and became a museum. The reason probably
being that she was built here, and that Gothenburg’s port
is the largest in Sweden, and even
in Scandinavia as a whole.

Reader Comments

  1. What do you think about today's episode?
    Destroyer HSwMS Småland is one of the few ships in our game to have survived until the present day. Småland is available in the Tech Tree for 2,000,000 Free XP. Test her strengths in action!:)

  2. Naval Legends episodes about completely unknown ships, but german legends like the U69 or the Scharnhorst can be ignored. What is that? Naval Legends which are no Legends???

  3. Hope they will make an episode of the remaining 2 Fletchers.USS Cassin Young in Boston and USS Charette in Greece.

  4. Woohoo no Soviet Sub that sank fishing boats? No glorious soviet vessel? You never feature real naval legends like kremlin or smolensk ….always other navies first, completely irgnoring the mighty soviet navy….

    How dare you? Kappa

  5. @9:46 As this appears in engine, is she getting this at a later date since she was launched with ship to ship missiles (the weight is the reason that is a triple tube unlike her sister that had a quint tube there)?

  6. Yeah another Caca show… 2 million phu-cking free xp? WGing your just screwing the pooch with this Bovine Scatology.

  7. Im amazed of my blindness… I missed a tank next to my car on a transport … I missed the Belfast my first time in London… I missed Smoland too… Crazy…

  8. UK – Daring
    SW – Småland
    USSR – A project ship….which was cancelled anyway…hmmm, I'm seeing a pattern developing here

  9. "Anti-ship missiles with 75km range and a target seeking head"

    Entire WoWs Playerbase: "Wargaming, don't you dare get any funny ideas"

  10. you still havent done naval legends on ships of the Axis powers. dont give the excuse that these ship no longer exists so its difficulty to do so. you made a naval legends on sovietsky soyuz (that thing did not deserve a naval legends video as that thing never touched the seas) with CGI. dont you have enough information on Bismarck, Tirpitz, Scharnhorst, Littorio, Nagato, the 4 Kongos and the kido butai?

  11. The one explanation i truly miss in this one is the purpose of the 6 rails mounted on each of the main gun turrets. They seem to be (somewhat obvious) for a missle system but which and to what target type would have been nice to know as well.

  12. I was in 2 twitch streams and during both of them the code didnt work. Not after but during both of them for 1 hour, in each of them. The 2 streams were one in russian and another one in german. Can you please explain ? My account id is for Europe

  13. this is the only destroyer that had so called " BALANCE "
    me: I don't wanna face that destroyer again, and if they allow them to use anti sub or warship well we might be sandwich this time

  14. Please world of wsrship add the missile or rocket launcher or anti ship and anti submarine so the game is best

  15. 0:20 don't get any funny ideas, Wargaming, Flying self-guided bullshit with torpedo-level damage and travel speed of over 500 knots is NOT what this game needs right now. Or ever.

  16. lol if this missiles was already in your armament slot #4 that's gonna be brutal for BBs and that's why she's one of the most expensive Free XP in the tech tree

  17. Smalland, The S Tank, Gripen, Volvo, Koenigsegg.

    Got to say, the Swedes is very mechanically smart as hell

  18. Have compared Kleber with European destroyers, only advise buff Kleber's concealment or increase AA defenses …or delete him…

  19. Yes.. buy for 92k dublons…
    the game is just programmed fraud – whoever thinks otherwise is just a complete idiot. greetings from the logarithms

  20. When ww2 ended, being on par with Soviet navy was not exactly a high bar to pass. They even got their arses kicked by the Finns on the water during the war!

  21. Please add her to Legends one day, it would be amazing to sail a ship into battle from the country I was born in. ❤️

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