A British serviceman at a military exercise in Sweden has been found dead after a night out. The 25-year-old was on HMS Albion for defense exercise Aurora 23 between April 17 and May 11.
Four people have been arrested and a murder investigation has been launched, according to the Swedish news website. Voiced.
The same publication reports that the Briton was partying with a colleague in Stockholm.
They reportedly ended up in a house in Solna with a group of Swedes.
All four people have been arrested on suspicion of murder. One of those arrested is believed to be the colleague the British military man dated.
The rest are reported to be Swedes in their 20s and 30s.
A Royal Navy spokesman said in a statement: “We are aware of an incident in Stockholm and are assisting local authorities in their investigation.
“It would be inappropriate to comment further.”
The amphibious flagship, HMS Albion, had brought the Littoral Response Group into the Baltic Sea for Aurora, which was the largest Swedish national defense exercise in more than a quarter of a century, according to the Royal Navy.
Royal Marines made three amphibious landings along the Swedish coast during the exercise.
Marines from 45 Commando stormed the Gotland beaches and crashed ashore on the island of Korso as well as the Stockholm archipelago in the exercise involving service personnel from countries including Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Latvia and Lithuania.
Military personnel were also involved in a nighttime raid on an airfield in Oskarshamn, southern Sweden.
The three-week exercise saw the participation of more than 26,000 people from the Swedish Army, Swedish Navy, Swedish Air Force and Home Guard, as well as military from 14 other countries.
Major Lee Stewart, commanding X-Ray Company 45 Commando, said during the exercise: “The scenario here in the Baltics is that an adversary has begun an invasion of Sweden.
“The UK, the US and other partner nations have been asked to help defend Sweden and defeat the enemy.”
He added: “Aurora is one of the best exercises we’ve been involved in for some time.”
Commanding Officer Captain Marcus Hember said: “Aurora has been a great proving ground for demonstrating the flexibility of amphibious ships such as HMS Albion, allowing for quick and deadly strikes from our Royal Marines embedded in 45 Commando while that the ship and its crew support it without issue.” .
“We have demonstrated our ability to exercise with our regional partners, adding significant capacity and demonstrating that we can ‘show up when needed.'”
The RAF and the British Army also took part in the drills as Sweden shifts its focus from operating internationally to national defence.