Jens Gunnar Peter Nykvist (born 23 August 1968) is a Swedish Navy rear admiral. He is currently the Chief of Navy.

Jens Nykvist
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Birth nameJens Gunnar Peter Nykvist
Born (1968-08-23) 23 August 1968 (age 51)
Stockholm, Sweden
Service/branchSwedish Navy
Years of service1987–present
RankRear admiral
Commands heldHSwMS Halland
HSwMS Gotland
1st Submarine Flotilla
Chief of Navy
Maritime Component Command


Nykvist was born in Stockholm, Sweden.[1] Nykvist 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.[2] Nykvist has been commanding officer of the submarines HSwMS Halland and HSwMS Gotland.[3] Nykvist was stationed at the Naval Base Point Loma from 2005 to 2007 when the submarine HSwMS Gotland was leased by the United States Navy.[4] Back in Sweden, Nykvist studied at the Swedish National Defence College in Stockholm from 2007 to 2009 and then served as Chief of Staff at the Submarine Flotilla. In 2011 he served in the Swedish Armed Forces Headquarters as Assistant Chief of Staff at the Joint Strategy and Operational Staff.[1]

In 2013 he graduated from the Naval Command College at the Naval War College in the United States.[5] Nykvist 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.[1] Nykvist was then the EU Naval Force Chief of Staff during Operation Atalanta in the Gulf of Aden from April until September 2015[1][6] 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[3] and was promoted to rear admiral.[1]

Nykvist became a member of the Royal Swedish Society of Naval Sciences in 2014.[7] Nykvist also holds an MA in international relations from Salve Regina University in Newport, Rhode Island, USA.[1]

Personal lifeEdit

Nykvist is married to Ulrika and together they have two children.[1]

Dates of rankEdit

  • 2013 – Captain (Kommendör)
  • 2016 – Rear admiral


  1. ^ a b c d e f g "Rear Admiral Jens Nykvist, Chief of Staff Swedish Armed Forces". Chiefs of European Navies. Retrieved 4 May 2017.
  2. ^ Gummesson, Jonas (10 August 2016). "Marinchefen: "Nya korvetter viktigare än fler ubåtar"" [Chief of Navy: "New corvettes more important than more submarines"]. Svenska Dagbladet (in Swedish). Retrieved 12 August 2016.
  3. ^ a b "Jens Nykvist ny marinchef" [Jens Nykvist becomes new Chief of Navy] (in Swedish). Swedish Armed Forces. 4 May 2016. Retrieved 14 July 2016.
  4. ^ Reid, Chipp (7 June 2007). "Swedish submarine wows U.S. Navy" (PDF). Nordstjernan. 135 (23). Retrieved 14 July 2016.
  5. ^ "CLASS OF 2013 NAVAL COMMAND COLLEGE CLASS OFFICERS". Naval War College. 2013. p. 45. Archived from the original on 9 March 2016. Retrieved 14 July 2016.
  6. ^ "Operation Atalanta Force Headquarters Staff Visit Japanese Detachment in Djibouti". European External Action Service. 31 July 2015. Retrieved 14 July 2016.
  7. ^ "Ordinarie ledamöter" [Regular members] (in Swedish). Royal Swedish Society of Naval Sciences. Retrieved 14 July 2016.
Military offices
Preceded by
Jan Thörnqvist
Maritime Component Command
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Jan Thörnqvist
Chief of Navy
Succeeded by