Danish Radio's defense analyst Mads Korsager described the impetus for the Nordic country's mission as being a “desire to contribute to the deterrence of Russia” and keep and eye on its nuclear submarines, as well as a signal of friendship to the Americans.
A 140-meter-long frigate with up to 135 Danish soldiers will soon be sent to the North Atlantic as part of a NATO deterrence mission. The Danish ship will, together with other nations' vessels, form a “ring of protection” around it, the country's Defense Ministry said.
Denmark will contribute an Iver Huitfeldt-class frigate. Currently, three of them are operative: the Iver Huitfeldt, the Peter Willemoes and the Nils Juel.
The frigates have been previously deployed in missions off the Horn of Africa, Syria and in the Strait of Hormuz and helped protect US and French carriers.
The ships are equipped with long-range radar systems, 76mm and 35mm cannons, torpedoes, machine guns and handguns as well as missiles designed for use against sea targets and air targets. They can also field a helicopter.