Denmark to Deploy Military to West Africa, Sahel to Fight Piracy, Terrorism

Defence Minister Trine Bramsen cited “evil forces that will destroy our freedom, security and democratic way of life” to justify Denmark’s overseas missions.

Denmark’s Social Democrat government has secured parliamentary backing for its plans to send military contributions to the Sahel and West Africa.

The measure is presented as strengthening Denmark’s security through military efforts.

“I am pleased that we, with a broad majority behind us, are now strengthening Denmark’s military efforts in the Sahel area”, Foreign Minister Jeppe Kofod said.

Starting from November 2021, Denmark will contribute a frigate and a maritime task force to the Gulf of Guinea for approximately five months. The frigate Esben Snare will be equipped with a Seahawk helicopter. All in all, the mission is expected to feature some 195 servicemen.

The mission in the Gulf of Guinea will be part of international operations to fight piracy, which is rampant in the region.

“This is initiated because the maritime security is challenged. Pirates are behind several severe kidnappings in the area. It threatens the security of Danish and foreign crews. In such a situation we cannot and shall not just watch. We must stand up for the right to free navigation. The Danish Navy has previously proved strong and important in combating the pirates”, Danish Defence Minister Trine Bramsen said earlier.

The task of the frigate will therefore be to fight piracy and support and escort civil shipping in the…

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