Denmark’s naval deployment to the Horn of Africa mentioned in the final paragraph was part of NATO’s Ocean Shield and the EU’s Operation Atlanta.


Danish Military Kills Four Pirates During Gun Battle in Gulf of Guinea

Danish military forces on a anti-piracy mission killed four pirates in a gun battle in the Gulf of Guinea this week, Denmark’s Defence Command reported.

The military forces are embarked on board the Danish frigate Esbern Snare, which is currently on a six month deployment to the Gulf of Guinea to join the international fight against piracy. The frigate, equipped with a helicopter, departed Naval Base Frederikshavn in October with approximately 175 personnel comprising the permanent crew, military police, an expanded medical team, and a detachment of naval special forces.

The deployment of the Esbern Snare comes after Denmark committed to sending a frigate to the region back in March following a call by Danish shipping conglomerate A.P. Moller-Maersk A/S and shipping industry groups for a more concerted international response. On average, up to 40 Danish-operating ships are operating in the region on any given day transporting around $1.5 billion in good annually.

The deployment marks the Danish first anti-piracy mission since leaving the Horn of Africa, where it was operating from 2008 to 2017.

Esbern Snare. Photo from Danish Armed Forces