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Utö Island, Sweden – Part 2

swedish tanks

Yes, your editor can’t seem to avoid such things…

It turns out that a significant part of Utö Island is also a military testing site and weapons range.

I noticed the signs first:

uto island military zone

uto island military zone

And then we stumbled upon the military base itself:

uto island military base

uto island military base

I was rather shocked to be freely walking around and exploring the military base of a NATO member. I knew that Sweden was not uptight but, fucking hell, I could have walked off with all manner of weapons and equipment:

uto island military base

One of the weapons ranges alongside the base:

uto island military zone

Naturally, The Velvet Rocket was compelled to investigate the test site and other weapons ranges.

Entering the test site:

uto island test range

Some targets near the entrance were waiting to be placed in position:

firing range targets

There isn’t much to stop one from venturing in… Well, aside from an appeal to common sense:

uto island restricted area

Back in the woods are a number of bunkers:

uto island bunkers

uto island bunkers

And observations posts:

sweden military post

sweden military post

And observation towers:

uto island observation post

And, of course, a hell of a lot of unexploded ordnance:

unexploded ordnance

uto island test range

unexploded ordnance

And targets that have been shot to hell:

firing range targets

firing range targets

firing range targets

Despite its small size, Utö truly has something for everyone:

uto island test range

Part 3 is here.

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4 thoughts on “Utö Island, Sweden – Part 2

  1. Pingback: Utö Island, Sweden – Part 1 | The Velvet Rocket

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