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Royal Swedish Naval Visit 2014

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Royal Swedish Navy Vessel Welcomes Dozens of US, Swedish VIPS Onboard During Official Visit

Prized Training Schooner HMS Gladan in Fort Lauderdale

Fort Lauderdale, Fla. (February 26, 2014) – Dozens of dignitaries, including Honorary Consul of Sweden Per-Olof Lööf, Ambassador of Sweden to the United States Björn Lyrvall and Royal Swedish Rear Admiral Defense Attaché Jörgen Ericsson, attended a luncheon and dinner Friday onboard the HMS Gladan, one of two prized training vessels in the Royal Swedish Navy collectively known as “The Schoonersquadron.” Among the guests were local political and business leaders representing various organizations including Broward County Mayor’s office, the Greater Fort Lauderdale Alliance, Broward County Office of Economic and Small Business Development, the Swedish American Chamber of Commerce – Florida, and the Swedish Church in Florida.

“It is a privilege to have the rare opportunity of receiving a vessel as celebrated and respected as HMS Gladan,” said Lööf. “I am deeply honored to be able to share this, alongside Ambassador Lyrvall, with the Florida community.”

Lööf, who has served as Honorary Consul of Sweden since 2006, is Chief Executive Officer and a Board member of KEMET Corporation, which has offices in Fort Lauderdale. Ambassador Lyrvall has served as Ambassador of Sweden to the United States since 2013.

About The Schoonersquadron

The Schoonersquadron, which consists of HMS Gladan and HMS Falken, is a training and recruitment unit in the Royal Swedish Navy. They focus on training recruits on seamanship and navigation with practical and theoretical lessons that can be both as physically and mentally demanding as when they occur at sea with weather conditions. The HMS Gladan carries a crew of 45, which includes 28 trainees.