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HDMS Absalon and HDMS Esbern Snare - Royal Danish Navy
Command and Support Ship - Flexible Support Ship
 
 
 
The two Absalon class (HDMS Absalon & Esbern Snare) Command and Support ships were designed by the Danish Navy and Odense Steel Shipyard. They were commissioned in October 2004 and April 2005 respectively. The class may be described as an hybrid between a Frigate and Military transport ship with multi role capabilities.
 
Description
The two Absalon class (HDMS Absalon & Esbern Snare) Command and Support ships were designed by the Danish Navy and Odense Steel Shipyard. They were commissioned in October 2004 and April 2005 respectively. The class may be described as an hybrid between a Frigate and Military transport ship with multi role capabilities.

Various systems onboard were installed in phases, after commissioning. For example, the anti-ship and anti-air missiles were fitted in 2005 while the CIWS and torpedoes were fitted in 2007.

The class is fitted with a Roll-On, Roll-Off ramp and interior space for vehicles or mission modules (such as a modular hospital). Its impressive weapons fit (18 anti-ship missiles and 32 surface to air missiles) combined with its excellent range and endurance (9,000 nautical miles and 28 days) and its ability to transport vehicles and troops makes it a unique multirole class of vessel.
 
Shiplist
Name
Hull Number
Laid Down
Launched
Commissioned
HDMS Abaslon
L16
11/2003
02/2004
10/2004
HDMS Esbern Snare
L17
03/2004
07/2004
04/2005
 
Variants
- Iver Huitfeldt class Air defence frigates share the same basic hull configuration, and is an evolution of the Absalon class design

Technical Data
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Missions
» Command platform for Land, Air and Naval Forces
» Transport of personnel and material
» Military hospital ship
» Minelayer
Weapons
Guns:
» 1x 5"/54 caliber Mark 45 mod 4 (127 mm) main gun

» 2x Rheinmetall Millennium 35 mm CIWS
» 6x 12.7 mm Machine Guns
Missiles:
» 16x RGM-84 Harpoon Block II antiship missiles
» 36x RIM-162 ESSM surface to air missiles (in 3x12 Mk56 VLS)
» 2x FIM-92A Stinger launchers

Torpedoes:
» 2x Mk. 32 Mod. 14 torpedo launchers (for MU90 torpedoes)
Sensors, Electronics, Decoys
  • Combat Management and Information Systems:
    Terma C-Flex combat management system
  • Optronics:
    1x Saab CEROS 200 fire control radar & optronic
  • Radars and ESM:
    1x Thales Smart-S Mk2 3D-Surveillance & target indication radar & IFF
    1x Terma Scanter 2100 surface search radar
    1x EDO ES 3701 Electronic Support Measures (ESM)
  • Sonars:
    1x Atlas Elektronik ASO 94 hull sonar
  • Decoys/Counter measures/Jammers:
    4x BAE Systems Mark 36 Super Rapid Blooming Offboard Chaff (SRBOC)
  • Communications:
    Link 11, 16, 22
    Infocom ICS 2000 communications system
    SATCOM
    Thales TMR6200/6800 HF, UHF, VHF radios
  • Miscellaneous:
    Furuno Marine navigation radars
Deck Equipment
» Helicopter hangar: can accommodate two EH101 helicopters
» Helicopter deck: 850m² flight deck can accomodate large 20t class helicopters
» Boats: 2x RHIBs and 2x SB90E Landing Crafts
» Roll-on roll-off ramp at the stern to access Flex Deck
» Flex Deck: 900 m² flexible use space (84m x 10.9m x 5m). It can accomodate main battle tanks, vehicles and mission modules up to 450 tons
Engines/Propulsion/Power
Propulsion type: CODAD (Combined diesel and diesel)
Diesel engines: 2x MTU 8000 M70 (22,300 bhp)
2x Propeller Shafts
 
Specifications
Type
Command and Support Ship
Crew
100 sailors, accomodations for about 200 passengers
Operators
Royal Danish Navy
Performance
Speeds: 23 kts
Range: 9,000 nm @ 15 kts
Endurance: 28 days at sea
Designer / Builder
Odense Steel Shipyard
Displacement
6,300 tonnes
Aviation
Up to 2x EH-101 Helicopters
Dimensions
Length: 137.6 m
Beam: 19.5 m
Maximum Draft: 6.3 m
Detailed View
HDMS Absalon and HDMS Esbern Snare - Royal Danish Navy
HDMS Absalon and HDMS Esbern Snare - Royal Danish Navy
HDMS Absalon and HDMS Esbern Snare - Royal Danish Navy
 
Pictures - Video
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The two Absalon class (HDMS Absalon & Esbern Snare) Command and Support ships were designed by the Danish Navy and Odense Steel Shipyard. They were commissioned in October 2004 and April 2005 respectively. The class may be described as an hybrid between a Frigate and Military transport ship with multi role capabilities.
 
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