A destroyer is a fast warship heavily armed with depth charges, guided missiles and other weapons. They were originally used to protect battleships from attacks from submarines, for example.
The destroyer Småland is the largest warship in Scandinavia preserved in a museum. She was built at Eriksbergs Mekaniska Verkstad in Gothenburg in 1952, handed over to the Swedish navy in 1956 and retired from service in 1979. On delivery she and her sister ship, the Halland, were the world’s first destroyers with sea-to-sea missiles. The crew during peacetime was 272 men.
Today events are arranged for small groups in both the officers’ mess and the senior boatswain’s mess.