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Pirate Buster Absalon Strikes Again!

March 1, 2010

The tiny Danish Navy continues to be a major force in the anti-piracy fight, mainly with the Absalon command sloop in the forefront. Story from NATO:

 On Sunday 28 February 2010 the NATO flagship HDMS ABSALON undertook  direct action to disrupt the piracy in the Somali Basin by scuttling a pirate mother skiff, one of  the large, open boats that pirates use to transport and support their attack teams to offshore  hunting areas. The ABSALON is the flagship of NATO’s current counter-piracy operation Ocean Shield off the Horn of Africa. 
The mother skiff was scuttled by use of specialist teams from ABSALON after it was intercepted by ABSALON’s boarding team. It had been located earlier in the day having just left a well known pirate camp located on the eastern Somali coastline, fully loaded with pirate equipment and supplies. 

This is the second such action in a month’s time involving Absalon. In early February Danish special forces on the warship recaptured a merchant vessel recently taken over by pirates. This was the first such incident of an European Union Naval Force vessel had taken direct action to prevent a hijacking.

Hat tip to D.E. Reddick.

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  9. D. E. Reddick permalink
    March 3, 2010 3:01 pm


    Yes, Bishop Absalon was a renowned churchman, statesman, and warrior. He wrecked the Wendish pirates of the Pomeranian coastline and converted them into Danish vassals. One might wonder what spirit inhabits HDMS Absalon and its crew that makes them such formidable pirate busters.

  10. Mike Burleson permalink*
    March 3, 2010 2:45 pm

    Finn, that is very interesting. Thanks!

  11. Finn N permalink
    March 3, 2010 2:23 pm

    HDMS Absalon is named after Archbishop Absalon, who lived in the late 12th century – in other words a few centuries after the vikings. (For perspective, President Obama lives a few centuries after George Washington).

    Archbishop Absalon gained fame from his fights against piracy in the Baltic, based in northern Germany. It is quite appropriate, that the ship named after him is engaged in a fight against piracy in other parts of the world.

  12. leesea permalink
    March 3, 2010 12:24 am

    We old American sailors have a better chance of seeing Scarlett Johanssen than we do of seeing something like an Absalon or maybe a Iver Huitfeldt class AAW frigate in our fleet!

    All of the above would be a sight for sore eyes! LOL

  13. Graham Strouse permalink
    March 2, 2010 10:37 pm

    Can’t say enough about the Nordic states. They’ve given us Absalon AND Scarlett Johanssen…

  14. Graham Strouse permalink
    March 2, 2010 7:47 pm

    Absalon is probably the best (relatively) low-end multi-role command ship NATO has going. I’d take Hyuga as the best high-end vessel.

    (Incidentally, Hyuga was laid-down in 2006, launched in 2008 & commissioned in 2009 for a total price of a little more then a billion–not bad for a fleet flagship. Toyota officially sucks now but the Japanese naval yards kick A$$!).

  15. Mike Burleson permalink*
    March 2, 2010 7:32 pm

    Ha ha! Don’t even go there D.E.! LOL

    Stay tuned for more Absalon action on New Wars tomorrow!

  16. D. E. Reddick permalink
    March 2, 2010 7:26 pm

    Absolutely Astounding Absalon… Let’s start up a triple-A valued acronym (AAA) collection for the Danish Navy’s flagship:

    Ain’t Abjectly Awful (like LCS)

    Ain’t Austal Aluminum

    Astonishing Anti-piratical Absalon

  17. March 1, 2010 5:43 pm

    I note the Xe private anti-pirate ship has gone up for sale due to lack of contracts.

  18. March 1, 2010 5:36 pm

    I like how the ensign staff is set at a jaunty angle.

  19. D. E. Reddick permalink
    March 1, 2010 4:57 pm


    You still need to learn the proper spelling for the AAW frigate class following the Absalon class:

    Iver Huitfeldt – not IVAR Huitfeldt. The first is the spelling in use by the Danes.

  20. Scott B. permalink
    March 1, 2010 4:53 pm

    Right People, Right Tool, Right Cost : that’s the way to go, the only way to go !

  21. D. E. Reddick permalink
    March 1, 2010 3:23 pm


    Here’s a great comment from a thread about this over at Military Photos:

    “Why can’t the other NATO countries do the same ?????”

    “Because only Danes have the Longships.”

    HDMS Absalon does seem to be a truly long ship – i.e., a Viking longship… ;-)


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