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Modern Warships Face Technical Challenges in the Red Sea: The Case of Denmark’s Iver Huitfeldt and Germany’s Sachsen

The Red Sea has proven to be a challenging environment for European warships, as recently reported by Danish media. Lieutenant Colonel Sune Lund, commander of the corvette Iver Huitfeldt, sent an internal message to superiors detailing issues with the ship’s radar, combat system, and 76 mm cannon during a campaign in the Red Sea. According to OLFI newspaper, Iver Huitfeldt was put into service in 2011 and is part of a class of anti-aircraft defense ships that are the most modern warships of the Danish navy.

During the mission, the corvette encountered problems with its APAR radar specialized in fire control and the C-Flex combat management system, preventing it from firing long-range air defense missiles within 30 minutes. Additionally, the 76 mm artillery shells on board were damaged during the campaign. These issues raised concerns about safety implications for using unstable shells in the warship’s ammunition depot.

The Danish Ministry of Defense has initiated an investigation into Iver Huitfeldt’s combat activities in the Red Sea but has not confirmed all details reported by the media. This incident is not unique as Germany’s advanced missile guard ship Sachsen also faced challenges while responding to threats in the Red Sea. The German ship experienced a misfire when it launched missiles at a suspicious UAV, resulting in a costly mistake. These instances highlight that modern warships face difficulties and risks during combat operations in this region.

In conclusion, this incident with Iver Huitfeldt serves as a reminder that even modern warships are not immune to challenges during combat operations. It highlights how critical it is for countries to invest in robust equipment and training programs that enable their naval forces to operate effectively under different conditions and circumstances.

In summary, Denmark’s most modern corvette encountered issues with its radar, combat system, and 76 mm cannon during a campaign in the Red Sea. The Danish Ministry of Defense is investigating these incidents while Germany has faced similar challenges with its advanced missile guard ship Sachsen. These instances underscore how difficult and risky it is for modern warships operating under different conditions and circumstances.

Iver Huitfeldt is part of a class of anti-aircraft defense ships that were put into service in 2011 and are considered some of Denmark’s most advanced warships. However, recent reports suggest that technical glitches have hampered its ability to perform essential tasks during missions abroad.

Lieutenant Colonel Sune Lund expressed concern over safety implications after using unstable shells onboard Iver Huitfeldt caused damage during its mission in the Red Sea.

The Danish Ministry of Defense has launched an investigation into Iver Huitfeldt’s performance abroad after receiving reports about technical difficulties experienced by Lieutenant Colonel Lund.

This incident marks one more example of European warships facing challenges while performing duties abroad.

Germany’s advanced missile guard ship Sachsen also experienced technical difficulties when launching missiles at suspicious UAV last year.

These incidents highlight how difficult it can be for modern naval forces to operate effectively under different conditions and circumstances.

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