World Aircraft Carriers List: Sweden

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Dristigheten seaplane tender
Jacob Bagge small seaplane tender
Gotland seaplane cruiser

Dristigheten seaplane tender

Displacement: 2,270 tons full load
Dimensions: approx. 285 x 48.5 x 16 feet/86.8 x 14.8 x 4.9 meters
Propulsion: Reciprocating steam engines, 2 shafts (?), 5400 ihp, 16 knots
Crew: unknown
Armor: 8 inch belt (may have been removed)
Armament: 4 75 mm AA (later added 2 40 mm AA, 4 MG)
Aircraft: working deck for two seaplanes

Concept/Program: An old coast defense ship (originally armed with 2 8.3/44 guns) rebuilt as a tender/depot ship for seaplanes. Although she could hoist and transport 2 seaplanes, it appears she was meant only as a base ship, not to operate aircraft at sea.

Design/Conversion: All guns removed. Seaplane working deck built up over the stern, large crane fitted at extreme stern. Repair shops and stores space added.

Modifications: Armament later modified as indicated above.

Departure from Service/Disposal: Discarded after WWII.

Photos: [Dristigheten as completed], [After conversion to seaplane tender].

Built by Lindholmen. Laid down ???, launched 28 April 1900, completed ???. Rebuilt as seaplane tender at Bergsund 1927-1928.

Stricken for disposal 13 June 1947; hulk used as artillery target. Finally sold 19 January 1961 and subsequently scrapped.

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Jacob Bagge small seaplane tender

Displacement: 846 tons full load
Dimensions: 221 x 27 x 10.2 feet/69.2 x 8.2 x 3.2 meters
Propulsion: Reciprocating steam engines, 1 shaft (?), approx. 4000 ihp., 19 knots
Crew: 109
Armor: .5 to .75 inch deck
Armament: uncertain
Aircraft: seaplane working deck

Concept/Program: An elderly torpedo gunboat converted to serve as a small seaplane tender. No details of her service are known.

Design/Conversion: Minimal refit. Aft gun removed to clear aft deck for seaplanes; hoisting boom fitted on mast.

Departure from Service/Disposal: Reassigned as a leader for ASW flotilla in 1934.

Jacob Bagge
Photos: [Jacob Bagge as modified].

Built by Kockums, Malmo. Laid down ??, launched 30 April 1898, completed 12 November 1898. Converted to seaplane tender 1929.

Ceased seaplane duties in 1934; served as a training ship 1937-43. Stricken for disposal 1947, sold 1949 and scrapped in 1951.

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Gotland seaplane cruiser

Displacement: 5,550 tons full load
Dimensions: 442 x 50.5 x 18 feet/134.7 x 15.4 x 5.5 meters
Propulsion: Steam turbines, 4 boilers, 2 shafts, 33,000 shp, 28 knots
Crew: 417
Armor: 2 inch deck, 1-2 inch turrets
Armament: 2 dual, 2 single 6/55, 1 dual, 2 single 75mm/60 AA, 4 25 mm AA, 4-8 MG, 6 21 inch torpedo tubes, 80-100 mines
Aircraft: 6 seaplanes (up to 8 could be carried, or 11 in emergencies)

Concept/Program: A small cruiser designed to carry a relatively large number of seaplanes. This ship was originally planned as a small aircraft carrier, then redesigned as a larger seaplane cruiser, and finally modified to this design for economic reasons. She was widely employed as a training ship between the wars.

Design: Conventional cruiser weapons forward; seaplane deck, single catapult, crane and maintenance facilties aft.

Departure from Service/Disposal: Converted to an antiaircraft cruiser 1943-44 due to a lack of modern seaplanes; 4 dual 40mm AA, 3 dual 25mm AA and 1 20mm AA were added; old 25mm were removed.

Photos: [Gotland as completed], [After conversion to AA cruiser].

Built by Lindholmen & Gotaverken. Laid down ???, launched 14 Sept 1933, completed 14 December 1934.

Converted to an antiaircraft cruiser 1943-44; modernized 1944-45. Postwar served as a training ship; decommissioned to reserve 1956. Stricken for disposal 17 July 1960, sold 4 Jan 1962 and subsequently scrapped.

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