The submarine hunt in Hårsfjärden, close to Muskö Naval Base, started on 1 October 1982. Less than two weeks earlier, on 19 September, the Social Democratic Party had won the parliamentary elections. The new government was due to replace the previous Centre and Liberal Party government on 8 October. Whereas Prime Minister Fälldin’s government was on its way out, the new government of Olof Palme had not yet been established. Despite rumours in the mass media about which ministers Olof Palme was going to appoint, the new government did not yet exist.