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Sunday, 4 October 2009

HDMS Absalon (L16)











The Danish command and support ship about to enter KGV dock ,before setting out to take part in a NATO Joint Warrior exercise.

The Absalon class are command and support ships of the Royal Danish Navy.
Two ships in the class, built by Odense Steel Shipyard, were launched in 2004.

Also called "flexible support ships" or "combat support ships" the class is based on a frigate-type design, but built with an internal multipurpose deck (flex deck) and a stern vehicle ramp. The ships can serve as command platforms for a staff of 75 persons (naval or joint staff) with a containerized command and control centre, transport and base of operations for a company-sized landing force of some 200 men with vehicles. Or the flex deck can be used for mine-laying operations with a capacity of some 300 mines, or the flex deck can be fitted out for mine-clearing operations and launch and recover mine detecting and clearing equipment via a retractable gantry crane, adjacent to the stern ramp, which also is used for launching and recovering the fast landing crafts. Furthermore the flex deck can support a containerized hospital or simply transport a number of ISO standard containers or some 55 vehicles including, up to 7 MBTs. The ships carry two LCPs (SRC90E), two rigid hull inflatable boats and two medium helicopters.

The ships are named after the 12th century Danish archbishop Absalon, and his brother Esbern Snare.

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