Denmark recently retired all three of that nation's Niels Juel-class missile corvettes. The ships' retirement in mid-August marked the end of service for three very capable and well-armed warships that had served the fleet well since the early 1980s. The trio-Niels Juel, Olfert Fischer, and Peter Tordenskiold, pictured here-were built by Alborg Vaerft, in Alborg, Denmark. After the ships' most recent modernizations, completed between 1998 and 2000, the class was able to carry up to eight Harpoon antiship missiles along with vertical-launched Sea Sparrow surface-to-air missiles, depth charges, a 76-mm gun, and multiple 12.7-mm machine guns. With a complement of 18 officers and 73 enlisted crewmembers, the ships displaced 1,320 tons fully loaded. The Niels Juel class is expected to be replaced in service by the far larger, 6,000-ton Iver Huitfeldt-class frigates, also known as the Flexible Patrol Ship class. These new ships will likely enter service between 2012 and 2014, and are to be named Iver Huitfeldt, Peter Willemoes, and Niels Juel.