17.03.21 FAD News

Denmark deploys a frigate to fight pirates in the Gulf of Guinea

Yesterday,  the Minister of Defence, Trine Bramsen announced that Denmark will rearm in the fight against pirates in the Gulf of Guinea, beginning this November.

The frigate Absalon fires a missile at an air target during a naval exercise in Norway.

Foto: The Air Force's Photo Service

Security and safety at sea

Maritime security is challenged in the Gulf of Guinea, where around 40 percentages of reported pirate attacks worldwide occur. In 2020 at least 140 seafarings were kidnapped. 

As the world's fifth-biggest shipping nation Denmark has not only an interest in protecting the ability for ships to sail and navigate freely but also a responsibility to ensure that civilian shipping remains safe. 

On average more than 40 Danish operating ships sail through the Gulf of Guinea and transport gods for almost 10 billion DKK a year. 

- The Danish flag waving is a reliable sign of security and safety at sea. Due to the fact that Denmark undertakes the responsibility as a marine nation when the safety and the right to free navigation are threatened. And now we apply sharp measures against the pirates in the Gulf of Guinea both in terms of diplomatic and military contributions, declares the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Jeppe Kofod.

An international responsibility 

The frigate will be equipped with a SEAHAWK helicopter and will be able to deploy Special Operation Forces from the frigate’s Naval Task Force, if necessary. The Operation Forces are specially trained to execute rescue operations on captured ships among others.

The Minister of Defence, Trine Bramsen, determines the fact that several countries must take responsibility when it comes to securing the sea in the Gulf of Guinea. Mrs. Bramsen elaborates: 

- In a situation like this, nor can or shall we underestimate the situation's gravity. We must stand up for the right to free navigation. The Danish Navy has previously proved itself as a strong and important asset in the combat of the pirates. However, if we are really going to get the security under control in the Gulf of Guinea an international military presence is necessary. 

Danish press release

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