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Denmark to send frigate to US-led task force in Red Sea

December 29, 2023 at 7:42 pm

A Natural satellite view of the Bab el-Mandeb Strait on March 28, 2015 in Bab el-Mandeb, Yemen [USGS/NASA Landsat/Orbital Horizon/Gallo Images/Getty Images]

Denmark will send a frigate to participate in the US-led Red Sea operation next month, the Danish Defence Minister said on Friday, reports Reuters.

Several countries, led by the United States, on December 19 agreed to patrol the southern Red Sea and Gulf of Aden to safeguard commercial shipping against attacks by Yemen’s Houthi rebels in the area.

“We are concerned about the serious situation unfolding in the Red Sea, where unprovoked attacks against civilian shipping continue,” Defense Minister Troels Lund Poulsen said in a statement.

Denmark will submit a resolution to parliament in January to contribute to the US-led Operation Prosperity Guardian with a frigate that can be deployed from the end of January, the government added.

The US says Prosperity Guardian is a defensive coalition of more than 20 nations to ensure billions of dollars worth of commerce can flow freely through a vital shipping chokepoint in Red Sea waters off Yemen.

Denmark on December 20 said it would join the US-led task force, sending one officer. The Nordic country previously had two officers stationed in the area as a part of the multinational Combined Maritime Forces, which aims to protect shipping lanes in the Red Sea region.

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