A Maersk Triple-E containership played host recently to a Royal Danish Navy anti-piracy training exercise in preparation for real anti-piracy missions in the Gulf of Aden, where Danish troops are regularly a part of an international naval effort to combat piracy.
The training mission went down last month onboard the Maersk Triple-E vessel, MV Mary Maersk, while sailing off Denmark. The exercise involved more than 30 commandos of the Danish Frogman Corps, an elite special forces unit of the Royal Danish Navy, and also included a wide-range of actors in order to make it as realistic as possible.
In the video you can see the Frogman Corps team lowered onto the vessel from a helicopter, make their way through the vessel and onto the bridge.
Chief of the Frogman Corps Stefan Neubauer Andersen says: “The mission is absolutely serious in terms of what we have seen happen in the area off of Somalia. And it is an important part of securing Denmark’s maritime interests globally.”
The exercise was part operation “Night Hawk”, a multinational exercise for elite units and held every other year in Denmark since 2000. More than 1,300 soldiers from seven different countries take part in the exercise with support from helicopters, aircraft and ships.
Maersk Line said that it was happy offer one of their vessels for the exercise, but it in now way indicates any changes or an increased threat of piracy against its ships.
Some more photos of the training mission courtesy the Royal Danish Navy are below:
Photos (c) Royal Danish Navy