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The Danish Navy’s Ivar Huitfeldt class frigate

December 16, 2009

A very interesting high end version of their much-liked Absalon class. I like the European frigates designs (as a destroyer alternative, not an LCS alternative) because they aren’t overloaded with add-ons. While being less costly they are still highly capable.

Hat tip to Lee Wahler!

19 Comments leave one →
  1. December 22, 2010 8:08 am

    nice and very useful
    gonna implement in my blog very soon

  2. Graham Strouse permalink
    December 17, 2009 5:24 pm

    For some reason I am suddenly reminded of the Vikings from Monty Python’s legendary Spam skit… ;)

    Seriously, these are impressive looking ships. Three-dimensional layered offense & defense with decent speed & a helo. And not completely reliant on missiles either (these run out pretty fast).

  3. Hudson permalink
    December 17, 2009 1:19 pm


    Thanks. The “blocking” strategy sounds weak. It will be interesting to see what the African states’ ROE will be. Maybe more robust than the Western powers’ rules. Maybe more of a Viking response.

  4. D. E. Reddick permalink
    December 17, 2009 12:10 pm


    Here’s the report on the plan. In part it is certainly an effort to keep shipyards busy and a skilled labor pool employed. But, too – it is directly aimed at Somali Piracy and Denmark is a maritime nation whose ships have been attacked (Maersk Alabama, twice in fact).

    Denmark plans anti-pirate fleet

    DENMARK is reportedly planning to build a fleet of patrol ships for African coastguards to fight Somali pirates.

    The Danish Shipowners’ Association has been talking to a range of East African countries about a plan, Maritime Danmark reported.

    The DSA was not available to discuss details with Fairplay today, but the Danish newspaper DR Nyheder reported that the project would be worth hundreds of millions of dollars. The plan would see the fleet built at Danish yards, financed in part with money from the UN’s development aid budget.

    The DSA’s Jan Fritz Hansen said: “We see that attacks are happening a long way from the coast, and the pirates cannot do that without mother ships,” the newspaper reported.

    He said the new patrol ships could “block the pirates” and report the position of mother ships.

  5. Hudson permalink
    December 17, 2009 11:41 am


    Yes, it sure is good to have ex-Vikings on your side. Also, other ancient seafaring peoples such as the Greeks.


    Oh, so the Danes will not man and run these ships. Interesting. I wonder how Denmark got the contract. Why the doubt that these craft will be built? What is the weak link?

  6. D. E. Reddick permalink
    December 17, 2009 10:51 am


    Yeah, the Danes have a plan to build PCs or OPVs for African coast guards. They have funding from the UN. It wasn’t clear how many patrol craft would be built and who would be receiving them. But I imagine that Djibouoti, Kenya and Seychelles will high on the list of African countries getting some of these craft – if they are built.

  7. CBD permalink
    December 17, 2009 8:31 am

    Are we sure that they’re not just planning to take up the ancestral trade? :)

  8. Hudson permalink
    December 17, 2009 12:29 am

    The Danes are direct descendants of the Vikings, who terrorized the British Isles in the 9th and 10th centuries in their graceful longships, and occupied towns until Alfred defeated them in 871.

    I once visited a cliff in North Wales, on the Irish Sea, where two lookouts stood yards apart. One was a steel box on stilts that probably dated from WWII; the other was a low stone circle wall that most likely was erected in Viking times.

    Wasn’t it the Danes who recently announced they were planning to build a specialized category of ships to chase pirates?

  9. D. E. Reddick permalink
    December 16, 2009 10:35 pm


    “…for a nation with a defence spending of around $4bn USD they manage to buy more than reasonable numbers of Gucci kit! Maybe we should look to the Danes for advise?”

    This has been noted, previously. It’s rather obvious that the Danes with their small defense budget know a whole lot more about acquiring and deploying inexpensive yet effective armaments than what passes for defense acquisitions by the US DoD.

  10. Alex 2.0 permalink
    December 16, 2009 9:40 pm

    For a nation as small as Denmark their armed forces certainly have alot of power to bring to the table. with the Thetis class, Knud Rasmussen class, Absalon class and these, Iver Huitfeldt’s the RDN is in great shape, the Danish army has a sizeable amount of heavy equipment, a large number of Leopard 2A5s, CV90(I think they’re using the 35mm variant) with more on order, untold numbers of artillery peices for a small nation, the air force is looking to replacing her archaic F-16s with F-35s, the only major thing I spy a lack of is light guns and cargo aircraft but there are plans to rectify that. but for a nation with a defence spending of around $4bn USD they manage to buy more than reasonable numbers of gucci kit! maybe we should look to the Danes for advise?

  11. D. E. Reddick permalink
    December 16, 2009 8:50 pm

    Here are the last two links to webpages containing information about this Danish class of AAW frigates. Please note that these several links were assembled by two or more commentators in a thread started last Friday.

  12. Jed permalink
    December 16, 2009 8:47 pm

    I would think a hybrid, without the anti-air capabilities of these ships, based on the Absalon hull but with a shorter ‘flex-deck’ (only going as far forward as the front end of the hanger) and with the additional powerplant horsepower of these vessels, would make an excellent, incredibly flexible and more to point affordable ‘C2’ frigate for the RN (as a T23 replacement).

    I would replace the forward end of the flex deck with a large permanent sick bay (Absalon can carry a containerized field hospital) some more accommodation space and maybe some additional space dedicated to C4I for an embarked flag staff. I doubt the RN would buy CB90E but at least 4 big 11m RHIBS (or unmanned surface vehicles for MCM) could be carried and launched through the port stern door, as could minehunting ROV’s.

  13. D. E. Reddick permalink
    December 16, 2009 8:44 pm

    OK, I’m trying again. Only, this time I’m dividing the links into smaller parcels. The third one of these three links is in Danish, but the details speak for themselves as a large number of construction photos and easily translatable / understood labels are provided (i.e., many Danish technical terms are similar to their cognates in English).

  14. D. E. Reddick permalink
    December 16, 2009 8:27 pm


    I just tried to post all of those earlier links to the Iver Huitfeldt class that appeared a few days ago and WordPress appears to have tossed my posting. I suppose that there must have been too many HTML URLs / links for the comfort of WordPress’ rules.

  15. Mike Burleson permalink*
    December 16, 2009 8:03 pm

    DE I noticed it was a crude video, but still very interesting.

  16. D. E. Reddick permalink
    December 16, 2009 7:15 pm

    There was one clear error in that video by ‘Victor.’

    A) He has the cannon weaponry as follows:

    One 127 mm (5″) gun;
    Two 76.2 mm (3″) guns;
    One 35 mm Oerlikon Millennium CIWS.

    B) Instead, as first commissioned the class will have the following guns:

    Two 76.2 mm (3″) guns;
    One 35 mm Oerlikon Millennium CIWS.

    C) Then, the class is planned to be upgraded to this set of gun armaments:

    One 127 mm (5″) gun;
    Two 35 mm Oerlikon Millennium CIWS.

    The first gun configuration (A) as claimed by ‘Victor’ is not possible and all available illustrations of the Iver Huitfeldt class AAW frigate show the B configuration being upgraded to the C configuration.

  17. Bob Tolland permalink
    December 16, 2009 7:13 pm

    My lord that sure is a thing of beauty! We should be putting in orders for several dozen of them immediately. Of course by that I really mean making our (very capable) shipyards get started on something just like it

  18. leesea permalink
    December 16, 2009 6:57 pm

    I like the new term for such ships Expeditionary Frigate. A blend of conventional weapons and capabilities and flexible spaces for other mission.

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