Danish frigate joins EMASOH
The Danish frigate HDMS Iver Huitfeldt arrived at the French naval base in Abu Dhabi to join the European led Maritime Awareness mission in the Strait of Hormuz (EMASOH). The ship and its commander were welcomed by both the operation and force commanders of EMASOH-Agenor.
HDMS Iver Huitfeldt, as did the Royal Netherlands navy frigate HNLMS De Ruyter, will join the French frigate FS Languedoc, that has already been in the area for some months and recently changed its crew.
Both frigates carry a wide range of state of the art sensors and a multi-mission maritime helicopter. The Iver Huitfeldt class is a three-ship class of multi-mission frigates specialized in air defence that entered service with the Royal Danish Navy in 2012 and 2013.
France has deployed a Maritime Patrol aircraft that operates from Abu Dhabi. Danish together with staff members of other European take part in the EMASOH-Agenor operations at its Force Head Quarters in Abu Dhabi, where operations are controlled to monitor the shipping lanes in the Gulf region, Strait of Hormuz and Gulf of Oman.
The presence in the area with ships and aircraft is aimed to reassure merchant shipping and promote a safe transit and freedom of navigation in and out of the Strait of Hormuz. With its assets the mission gathers information on the so called ‘patterns of life’. Possible changes in the situation can be recognized and information about it shared with the merchant shipping industry like ship owners associations and maritime security centers.
The ‘Agenor’ operations started at 25 February 2020 and the mission since then is fully operational capable. The past 6 months, its war ships have crossed the Strait of Hormuz and patrolled the Gulf and Gulf of Oman dozens of times, complemented by over 70 areal patrol flights,
The EMASOH-Agenor military operation emphasizes the European unity and commitment, defusing tensions and contributing to a safe navigation environment. In 2019 rising insecurity and instability was witnessed in the Gulf and the Strait of Hormuz through multiple maritime and non-maritime incidents.
This affected the freedom of navigation and the security of European and non-European vessels and crews in the area for months. It also jeopardized trade and energy supplies with potential worldwide economic consequences. In this context, eight European countries decided to act concretely with a view to ensuring a safe navigation environment in the area and lowering the level of tensions by promoting de-escalation mechanisms.