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ESBERN SNARE commissioned:

Støtteskibet ESBERN SNARE

The Command & Support Ship ESBERN SNARE is here seen at the ship yard in Odense just before the naming ceremony on Friday, February 25, 2005.
(Photo: Royal Danish Navy)

The Second Command and Support Ship delivered to the Navy

Today, the Royal Danish Navy received ESBERN SNARE, the second and last of the new command and support ships from Odense Steel Shipyard, Lindø.

The delivery of the two Command and Support ships of the ABSALON Class is part of the Danish Defense Agreement from 2000-2004.

Commissioning of the ESBERN SNARE was marked at a short ceremony at the Naval Base in Frederikshavn.

By Johnny E. Balsved

The second ship of the ABSALON Class was named ESBERN SNARE by the Danish Prime Minister, Anders Fogh Rasmussen, at a naming ceremony at Odense Steel Shipyard on February 25.

ESBERN SNARE and the sister ship, ABSALON, will take part in the new international roll taken by the Danish Defense after the end of the Cold War period.

With its total length of 137 meters, 19.5 meters wide and a total displacement of 6,300 tons, the ABSALON Class are the largest ships ever being built for the RDN.

The ships have a large 900 square meters flex deck with roll-on/roll-off capacity and may be used for military transports, as a forward command post and as a military hospital ships as well.

During the last couple of weeks the ship has successfully fulfilled extensive sea-trials, and the ESBERN SNARE is delivered to the navy in accordance with the original agreement.

The new command and support ship is now to be equipped with all the military equipment, weapons, electronics etc. These installations will take place at the two Naval Bases in Frederikshavn and Korsør.

ESBERN SNARE and the sister ship ABSALON are planned to be fully operational in 2007.

Rear Admiral Kristen H. Winter, Chief of the Naval Material Command, said during the commissioning, that the new ship had a a technical standard with a second-to-none capability to any previous ships of the RDN.

New Frigates

The Naval Material Command and Odense Steel Shipyard have just started the construction and production preparations for a new patrol ship or frigate for the RDN based on the hull and design of the newly delivered command and support ships.

These new ships will not have the large flex deck and roll-on/roll-off capacity, but increased speed and striking capability.

In accordance with the Defense Agreement 2005-2009 it is planned that a final decision for building three new patrol ships are to be taken in 2006.

Sketch of the new frigates designed for the RDN.
(Sketch delivered by the Naval Material Command)

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