As the U.S. Navy's littoral combat ship (LCS) program continues to experience delays and massive cost overruns, several Navy officials are looking at potential alternative ship designs. One that
has recently received high praise from U.S. naval officers who are familiar with the ship is the Royal Danish Navy's Absalon.
Several Americans have visited the ship and commended her as she operated for eight months as a unit of Combined Task Force (CTF) 151, the anti-piracy patrol in the Gulf of Aden and off the coast of Somalia. The Absalon sailed with vessels from about 20 different navies, often operating in close collaboration, including several U.S. warships.
The ship's commanding officer, Captain Dan Termansen, described one event:
There was one day when a distress call came over the international frequency saying that a motor vessel was being attacked by a pirate skiff. We had our helicopter up and on scene, and the Turkish frigate Giresun put theirs up as well. With both helicopters . . . and the Absalon closing in, we were able to protect that vessel and keep them from getting pirated.