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  • HDMS Absalon (L16) Command and Support Vessel / Frigate Warship

    HDMS Absalon L16 of the Danish Navy is defined as a Command and Support ship while still packing an impressive offensive punch.

     Updated: 6/23/2017; Authored By JR Potts, AUS 173d AB; Content ¬©www.MilitaryFactory.com

    The HDMS Absalon (L16) class and her sister ship, the HDMS Esbern Snare, are the two largest vessels ever built for the Royal Danish Navy (RDN). Some categorize the class as transport frigates while others consider them combat support ships. However, the RDN classifies the Absalon-class as "Command and Support" ships and puts all discussions to rest.

    HDMS Absalon is named after Absalon, a Danish archbishop and statesman who constructed the first fortification in the city that would ultimately become modern day Copenhagen. HDMS Absalon (L16) was built by the Odense Lindo Shipyard with construction beginning in 2003 and the vessel became fully operational in 2007 as the flagship of the RDN. The Danish design resembles the French La Fayette-class frigate but has a different mission description - one of a command vessel as opposed to a pure war ship.

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    HDMS Absalon (L16) Technical Specifications

    Service Year: 2007
    Type: Command and Support Vessel / Frigate Warship
    National Origin: Denmark
    Ship Class: Absalon-class

    Structural (Crew Space, Dimensions and Weights)

    Complement (Crew): 169
    Length: 451.4 feet (137.59 meters)
    Beam (Width): 64 feet (19.51 meters)
    Draught (Height): 20.7 feet (6.31 meters)

    Surface Displacement: 6,930 tons

    Installed Power and Base Performance

    Engine(s): 2 x MTU 8000 M70 diesel engines developing 22,300 horsepower to 2 x Shafts.

    Surface Speed: 28 knots (32 mph)
    Operational Range: 9,000 nautical miles (10,357 miles, 16,668 km)

    Armament / Air Wing

    1 x 5-inch /54 Mark 45 Mod 4 main gun
    2 x 35mm Oerlikon Millennium Naval Revolver Gun System (CIWS).
    2 x 8 Harpoon Block II anti-ship missile launchers.
    3 x 12 RIM-7 Sea Sparrow Mk 56/Mk 48 VLS
    4 x 1 SAM Stinger Point Defense Missile Systems
    2 x 2 Twin Launcher MU90 Impact ASW (M/04) torpedoes.
    7 x 12.7mm (0.50 caliber) heavy machine guns

    Aircraft: 2 x AgustaWestland EH-101 Merlin helictopers OR 2 x Westland Lynx helictopers

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    Ships-in-Class (2)

    HDMS Absalon (L16); HDMS Esbern Snare (L17)