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Photo: Claudio Bresciani / TT
The sonar image showing the trail left behind after a smaller submarine in the archipelago. Photo: Claudio Bresciani / TT

Underwater spy centre undermanned

Staffing shortages at the Armed Forces has the military's underwater reconnaissance centre operating with only half its staff, Swedish Radio News reports.

The centre, based on the island of Muskö in the Stockholm archipelago, monitors maritime activity in the Baltic Sea and has been hit by staffing shortages for the past year.

Officials said there is simply not enough people to man the centre and analyze all the data collected via sensors on the seabed.

"We gather data, but we have so few people to be honest, to be able to go through all the old data when the shift changes, it is not always feasible," said Bebben Berntson, head of the centre.

Berntson hopes to get the go-ahead from the Armed Forces to start hiring a total of 15 additional employees. But even if that happens, it will still be some time before the office is up to speed since new employees will require training and experience.

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