According to a video published by the Danish Ministry of Defense, the Navy of Denmark has deployed its HDMS Esbern Snare (F342) Absalon-class frigate to conduct anti-piracy operations in the Gulf of Guinea.
This requires a comprehensive approach that not only engages with problems at sea but also addresses root causes on land. Therefore, Denmark makes use of a broad range of tools, both military and civilian, in a concerted and integrated way.
HDMS Esbern Snare (F342) is an Absalon-class frigate and is, along with her sister ship, the HDMS Absalon, amongst the largest combat vessel currently commissioned in the Royal Danish Navy.
The ships can serve as command platforms for a staff of 75 persons (naval or joint staff) with a containerized command and control center, transport, and base of operations for a company-sized landing force of some 200 men with vehicles. Alternatively, the flex deck can be used for mine-laying operations with a capacity of some 300 mines….Furthermore, the flex deck can support a containerized hospital or simply transport a number of ISO standard containers or some 55 vehicles, including up to seven MBTs t(Main Battle Tanks). The ships can carry two LCPs (Landing Craft Personnel Storebro SB90E), two rigid hull inflatable boats, and two EH101 helicopters.
HDMS Esbern Snare. Photo: Defence Images.