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article imageSweden has presumed this sighting is a portent of doom

By Bill K. Anderson     Nov 15, 2014 in World
After a picture and sonar image reveal a sighting that shows a vessel not of Swedish origins, a large military operation goes underway to find the intruder and intruding country.
Sweden was able to confirm Friday, November 14th that a foreign submarine had violated a territorial waters act, and ensured that they would strengthen their ability to prevent such incursions.
"We do not know who is responsible for this violation (...) but let be clear: this is absolutely unacceptable, we do not want foreign activity in our waters." With that, Prime Minister Stefan Löfven has put forward a resolve to strengthen research capabilities and methods of identification in order to, "defend our territorial integrity with all available means available,"
This is one of the first times that the armed Forces have been able to produce of evidence of violation of their territory. "This is sensational. For ten years, during the Cold War, we have obsessively chased after submarines without ever producing anything," Said the Swedish news agency TT, defense and political security specialist, Tomas Ries.
From the 17th to the 24th of October, Sweden conducted a heavily manned operation within the Baltic Sea to find the submarine; a submarine that, while presumed to be of Russian make, hasn’t been able to be identified by the Swedish of whichever country is behind this intrusion. They had deployed more than 200 men, stealth ships and helicopters in an operation closely resembling that of one from the 1980s, echoing the Cold War, when the USSR was regularly suspected of exploring the nearby naval base on the Baltic Sea. At that time, a Russian vessel carrying high quantities of nuclear torpedoes ran aground not far from a Swedish naval base in 1981. Swedish forces were able to intercept a distress signal being sent out in Russian, though Russia denied this. Instead, Russia tried to pin this on the Netherlands, saying it could have been a Dutch vessel. After the Netherlands denied these claims, many figured the vessel was, indeed, Russian. This caused much uncertainty regarding the intentions of Russia and Moscow for their surrounding states.
In a news conference, the head of Sweden's armed forces, General Sverker Goransson, made a statement, "The military can confirm that a small U-boat breached Sweden's territorial waters. We can exclude all alternative explanations."
The one lead in which Sweden seems to be in possession is a sonar imagereleased that they say is proof of a foreign submarine.
Photo released by Swedish armed forces on November 14  2014 shows a sonar image of sub-sea tracks le...
Photo released by Swedish armed forces on November 14, 2014 shows a sonar image of sub-sea tracks left behind by a mini-submarine
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These seemingly small sightings actually create Sweden’s largest military operations in reported years. Like in 1981, Russia’s defense ministry has denied any of their ships being involved. Apart from the sonar, the Swedish military showed an image that was taken by a bystander in the right place at the right time, showing an object near Stockholm. The only reason this would cause worry is if the timing of this image didn’t line up with any of the military logs that Sweden has stating that one of their own ships are within this range at this time. The Prime Minister, Stefan Löfven warns, "We will defend Sweden's territorial integrity with all available means," he said.
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