May 23, 2022
Esbjerg has long thrived on maritime business….[S]oon, it could become ground zero for a different kind of maritime industry…the military sort.
The defence minister, Morten Bødskov, is in the city today to look into the possibility of Esbjerg Harbour becoming a NATO maritime hub.
NATO has expressed an interest in using the harbour to deploy allied forces to the Baltic Sea region and it satisfies many parameters due to its size, location and proximity to airports and rail links.
It’s also situated near motorways and several big military barracks, which would allow for good accommodation facilities.
Should the idea attract political support, it is expected that the harbour will be ready for NATO forces by the end of 2023.
The news comes just a month after it was revealed that Copenhagen will host a NATO test centre and acceleration site for quantum technologies in the future.