HSwMS Orion was first launched in 1984. She was built with extensive support from the United StatesNational Security Agency. In November 1985, the HSwMS Orion was rammed by a Sovietminesweeper after she got too close to a Soviet naval exercise. In 1998 Orion received a false bomb threat, which was widely covered in the Swedish newspapers. The ship is manned by Swedish Navy officers and sailors, as well as personnel from the National Defence Radio Establishment (FRA). HSwMS Orion belongs to the 1st Submarine division. Orion shares a hull design with the Fiskeriverkets vessel Argos, an official fishing control vessel.
^Tomkins, Richard (April 11, 2017). "Sweden taps Saab for signal intelligence ship". UPI. Retrieved April 14, 2017. A SIGINT-vessel is mainly used to intercept radio transmitted signals. The Swedish Navy currently uses the HMS Orion for this purpose. HMS Orion was launched by Kockums into service in 1984.
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