The specialised capacities of the Navy in carrying out littoral operations are to be maintained and further developed, while simultaneously continuing the initiated development regarding flexible support ships and patrol ships. The capacity to participate in NATO’s Standing Naval Forces, and participation in the NATO Response Force, is to be prioritised, as this will make it possible to contribute relevant units and task group staff as well as the requisite command platform. Three patrol ships are to be procured within the defence agreement period, while four Standard Flex 300 vessels are to be phased out.
Moreover, the Danish Navy’s capacity to perform national tasks, including tasks in the North Atlantic region, is to be upheld.
Several national and international initiatives regarding the state’s responsibility to provide maritime security, to implement measures to combat the pollution of marine environments and to safeguard the shipping trade against terrorism, increase the scope of the surveillance and monitoring of civilian shipping in Danish waters, which in turn increases the consumption of resources. To strengthen the operational performance of the emergency response services, the Air Force and Navy’s rescue coordination centres are to be merged as a joint rescue coordination centre (SRCC) under Admiral Danish Fleet in Århus.
The Navy’s compulsory military service is to be reorganised so that naval conscripts theoretically undergo the same training programme as specified for Army conscripts, in that the Navy’s training programme will also include a number of days at sea for the purpose of recruiting the Navy’s permanent personnel. In addition to this, a number of conscripts will be called up for nine months as crew members on the Royal Yacht. Conscripts who serve a tour of duty on the Royal Yacht do not have a subsequent readiness obligation as do other conscripts.
The Navy is otherwise to be reorganised as follows:
- The submarine service will be decommissioned.
- Danish Task Group Staff will remain in Korsør and will be designated to NATO at high readiness.
- The Maritime Assistance Service (MAS) under Admiral Danish Fleet in Århus, which is in the preliminary phase of development, is to be expanded.
- Two flexible support ships with two operational crews and one maintenance crew are to be placed under the 2nd Squadron in Frederikshavn. One flexible support ship, with helicopter, will be designated to NATO at high readiness.
- Three patrol ships with three crews and one maintenance crew are to be placed under the 2nd Squadron in Korsør. Three corvettes are to be phased out, concurrent to the gradual operational implementation of the patrol ships. One patrol ship or one corvette will be designated to NATO at high readiness.
- Ten patrol vessels (Standard Flex 300), including four vessels in combat configuration, with four crews and one maintenance crew, are to be placed under the 2nd Squadron in Korsør. Two vessels in surveillance configuration with three crews are to be placed under the 1st Squadron in Korsør. Four vessels for mine counter measure operations with four crews and one maintenance crew are to be placed under the 2nd Squadron in Frederikshavn. Two vessels in combat configuration and two for mine counter measure operations are to be designated to NATO at high readiness. Two Lindormen-class minelayers and one Falster-class minelayer are to be phased out.
- The chartering of an additional civilian vessel for strategic sea lift, so that the total capacity amounts to two, pursuant to NATO's Prague Capabilities Commitment.
- Four Thetis-class offshore patrol vessels (OPV’s) with four crews and one maintenance crew, as well as two fishery protection vessels and one Agdlek-class inspection cutter with a total of five crews are to be placed under the 1st Squadron in Frederikshavn.
- Two training vessels, one transport vessel and three icebreakers are to be placed under the 1st Squadron in Frederikshavn.
- Six MK II units with six crews and two environmental units are to be placed under the 1st Squadron in Korsør. Two environmental units under the 1st Squadron are to remain in Copenhagen. Eight Barsø-class cutters are to be phased out, concurrent to the gradual operational implementation of the MK II vessels.
- The Navy’s Frogman Corps (special forces) is to be increased to approximately 90 frogmen, and the Navy’s EOD service are to be gathered under the Navy’s Diving Centre, which is to be established in Kongsøre.
- Operational logistics elements are to be established in Korsør and Frederikshavn that can separate the requisite logistics in conjunction with the deployment of naval units in international operations.
- The Naval Basic Training School is to be transferred from Auderød to Frederikshavn. The Naval Reserve Officers and NCO School is to be established in Frederikshavn. Auderød is to be sold.
- The number of squadrons is to be reduced to two, whereby the 3rd Squadron and the 5th Squadron are to be decommissioned.
The total number of permanent naval employees is set at roughly 3,400, and the number of response force contracts is set at around 50, for which approximately 300 sustainment training days are earmarked each year. The Defence Budget is based on a calculated figure equivalent of some annual 200 full-time conscripts for the Navy.
In determining the basing of naval units and commands, priority has been given to the expedient utilisation of the requisite maintenance capacity, including the technical competencies, etc., as well as to striking a suitable balance between the naval bases, as the subsequent consolidation of the various modifications may bring about a need for additional changes.
The following equipment is to be obtained for the Navy:
- Three patrol ships.
- Radar and sensor packets for the patrol ships.
- Four maritime helicopters for use on the Flexible Support Ships and the Patrol Ships.
- Lynx helicopter upgrade.
- Preliminary acquisition of air defence missiles, air-to-ground missiles and fire-command and control (C2) integration for the patrol ships.
- Insertion crafts vehicles, as well as special equipment for the Frogman Corps.