The Commanders Respond: Royal Danish Navy

The lower-end patrol frigates/OPVs are focused on operations in the Arctic. The Kingdom of Denmark includes Denmark, Greenland, and the Faeroe Islands, making us a small European country but—as one of five nations bordering the Polar Sea—quite a significant Arctic state. As such, we are very concerned and affected by climate change. The receding ice cap might give way for numerous activities in this part of the world, and the consequences of climate change are already beginning to emerge. This will necessitate increased presence, maritime-safety regulation, mapping of unchartered waters, search-and-rescue capabilities, and environmental protection to ensure that the fragile environment in the Arctic is safeguarded and preserved. We will need partnerships and close cooperation, as none of us can handle this alone. The only way to meet the challenges is through cooperation.

The Royal Danish Navy continues to be an important part of an active foreign and security policy, as we have played an important part in the security and protection of our interests for the last five centuries. We will continue to do so.

 

 
 

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