Naval News – Royal Danish Navy Support Ships Reclassified as ASW Frigates – 19.10.2020

On Monday 19th October the Royal Danish Navy held a ceremony at Fleet Station Frederikshavn to officially reclassify two of its existing fleet support vessels as frigates optimised for anti-submarine warfare (ASW).The Absalon class support ships HDMS ABSALON L 16 and HDMS ESBERN SNARE L 17 will soon begin undergoing conversion work that will include the installation of an advanced towed sonar and other ASW weapons and equipment.

HDMS ABSALON L 16 in Malta back to 25th August 2008

“When we have finished equipping the Absalon class as ASW frigates, Denmark will move up in a new league among the nations that have the capability to combat submarines. It is important that we can thus better provide NATO with the required capacity in that area. With the current geopolitical situation and the world’s security situation, it is crucial that Denmark has a capable anti-submarine capacity,” says Rear Admiral Torben Mikkelsen, head of the Navy Command.

The ships retain their names, but change the pennant number from L 16 and L 17, to F 341 and F 342.

HDMS ESBERN SNARE L 17 entering Malta back to 26th September 2013.

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Published – Thursday 22nd October ,2020