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Navy Finds No Subs After Using Depth Charges

September 8, 1988

STOCKHOLM, Sweden (AP) _ Chances of finding an underwater intruder on the west coast have faded after the navy searched for two weeks with depth charges, a Defense Ministry spokesman said Thursday.

Spokesman Thomas Gur said the first indication of underwater activity in Stig Fiord, 27 miles north of Goteborg, was reported on Aug. 27.

The Swedish government has refused to name who it suspects of repeatedly violating its territorial waters. But defense experts have said privately that they suspect the Soviet Union.

Stockholm newspapers quoted Vitali Ivanov, commander of the Soviet Baltic fleet, as denying Soviet submarines violated Swedish waters.

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