Rear Admiral Jens NykvistChief
Royal Swedish Navy
Rear Admiral Jens Nykvist was born in Stockholm, Sweden. He enlisted at Berga Naval Base south of Stockholm in 1987 and began his career on the submarine HSwMS Sjöhästen in 1988. He has served aboard three different submarine classes: Sjöormen, Västergötland and Gotland. Nykvist has been commanding officer of the submarines HSwMS Halland and HSwMS Gotland. In 2011 he served in the Swedish Armed Forces Headquarters as Assistant Chief of Staff at the Joint Strategy and Operational Staff.
In 2013 RADM Nykvist graduated from the Naval Command College at the Naval War College in the United States, and then became head of naval operations at the J3 Department of the Joint Strategy and Operational Staff. On 1 December 2013 he was promoted to captain and was appointed commanding officer of the 1st Submarine Flotilla, and later was appointed the EU Naval Force Chief of Staff during Operation Atalanta in the Gulf of Aden from April until September 2015 and back in Sweden he continued being the commander of the 1st Submarine Flotilla until 2016. On 4 May 2016, Nykvist was appointed Chief of Navy and was promoted to rear admiral.