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Resurrection of the missile/torpedo boats:
Book launch followed by opening of museum ship
The new book "Søheltenes skibe" (Ships of the heroes of the sea), the story of the ten WILLEMOES-class missile/torpedo boats, is launched together with the news that SEHESTED is to be opened to the public.
The missile/torpedo boat
SEHESTED will open to the public in the autumn holiday.
By Johnny E. Balsved
The RDN's Officer Training College on Nyholm provided the attractive venue, and the RDN’s Brass Band provided a musical welcome for the many invited guests.
The occasion was Friday’s publication of commodore Niels Chr. Borck's and Søren Nørby's new book, "Søheltenes skibe", the story of the RDN's WILLEMOES class missile/torpedo boats.
The Director of the Danish National Museum of Military History, Ole L. Frantzen, took the opportunity to announce that the missile/torpedo boat SEHESTED, which is currently a museum ship, will be opened to the public during the whole autumn holiday.
SEHESTED to be opened
Whilst the occasion was the launch of the new book about the ten WILLEMOES class missile/torpedo boats, the news that the last of these vessels was at long last to be opened to the public was also welcomed.
And for the sake of completeness I should mention that the other co-author, Søren Nørby (M.A. Hist) from the RDN Library, is not only a familiar figure to regular readers of, amongst other things, this website, but has many other publications to his name.
When writing the book, commodore Niels Chr. Borck suggested that the conductor of the RDN Brass Band might compose a march, the Willemoes march, to commemorate these magnificent vessels.
The RDN Brass Band took up the challenge, and the formal part of the event concluded with the band performing the new march.
The march can be found on a DVD included with the book.
The RDN Brass Band performing the new
Willemoes march for the invited guests in the atrium of the RDN’s Officer
Translated by Alan Russel (December 3, 2007)
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This page was first published: September 29, 2007 (December 3, 2007)