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Warships And Naval Strength

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This chapter outlines the Swedish state's acquisition of warships during two centuries from 1521 to 1721. It investigates the quantitative, administrative, and technical aspects of the Swedish navy's procurement of warships and their relation to naval policy and operational requirements. The chapter focuses on when, how, and where warships were built, bought, or captured for sea service; the size and types of warships; and the total size of the navy, expressed in number of warships and their approximate total displacement. Losses, sales, and deletions of warships from the effective strength of the navy are also discussed, because they usually determined the timing and volume of new construction. Because most Swedish warships were purpose-built for the navy, usually on yards administrated by the state, the state's shipbuilding activities are also a part of the chapter.

Keywords: armed merchantmen; Baltic navy; European navies; naval policy; naval technology; shipbuilding; state formation; Swedish rating systems; Swedish warships



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