National Role

Every day of the year, the Danish Armed Forces solve a wide range of tasks in Denmark, thus contributing to a well-functioning and safe society.

Forsvarets redningshelikopter udstyret med en såkaldt EpiShuttle, der er en “voksenkuvøse” med undertryk til at transportere patienter med smitsomme sygdomme.

The socalled EpiShuttle is used for patient transportation in the rescue helicopters during the COVID-19 pandemic. Photo: Danish Defence.

Forsvarets redningshelikopter udstyret med en såkaldt EpiShuttle, der er en “voksenkuvøse” med undertryk til at transportere patienter med smitsomme sygdomme.

The frigate Niels Juel in Greenland in 2020. Photo: Danish Defence.

 

The national tasks of the Danish Defence include:

  • Monitoring Danish waters and airspace
  • Sovereignty enforcement
  • Search and rescue operations at sea
  • Evacuation of people in need of medical support from vessels and small islands
  • Ammunition-clearing
  • Marine-environment tasks
  • Support for the royal family
  • Several different forms of support for the police - including guard tasks, border control, air surveillance, and support during emergency situations
  • Support for the civilian society with off-road vehicles during inclement weather

 

The Danish Armed Forces form part of society's overall emergency readiness (the so-called total-defence concept), which is activated during crises, disasters, and major incidents.

 

The Danish Armed Forces are setting up a strategic reserve of approximately 400 soldiers who at very short notice will be able to support the police during unforeseen major contingencies.