Written by: Igor Kuznetsov. Sputnik International
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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 area. The Danish task force will also be trained to carry out rescue operations on hijacked ships. The Danish Parliament has approved deployment of a frigate to the Gulf of Guinea to protect international shipping from pirates. Important to protect seafarers and ensure freedom of navigation at sea.https://t.co/1BgkUPLnf6 #dkpol Subsequently, in January 2022, Denmark will send its military contributions to special operations forces in the Sahel region in North Africa for about 12 months. As the world’s fifth largest marine nation, Denmark has a special interest in protecting civil shipping and the right to free navigation. On average, between 30 and 40 Danish-operated ships sail through the Gulf of Guinea every day and they transport goods to the tune of almost 10 billion DKK ($1.6 billion) a year. There, Denmark will try to proactively contain Daesh* and Al-Qaeda* that are trying to gain a foothold in the Sahel region. “An active Denmark in the world means a more secure Denmark at home”, Kofod emphasised. The new Danish contributions to the Sahel will be part of the French-led Operation Barkhane – which fights terrorism in Mali, Niger, Burkina Faso, Mauretania, and Chad. 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