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Absalon - L16 of the Royal Danish Navy
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No: 5552   Contributor: Peter Langsdale   Year: 2008   Manufacturer: Odense Steel Shipyard, Denmark   Country: Denmark
Absalon - L16 of the Royal Danish Navy

Photographed at Fredrikshavn through pouring rain on 18 June 2008.
HDMS Absalon (L16), together with her sister ship HDMS Esbern Snare (L17), is the biggest ship ever in the Royal Danish Navy, and comprise the two members of the Absalon-class of command and support ships.
They are primarily designed for command and support roles, with a large ro/ro deck.
Ordered: November 2001, Builder: Odense Staalskibsværft
Laid down: November 2003, Launched: 30 January 2005
Commissioned: 2007, Displacement: 6,300 tonnes
Length: 137.6 m (451 ft 5 in), Beam: 19.5 m (64 ft 0 in), Draft: 6.3 m (20 ft 8 in)
Propulsion: 2 × MTU 8000 M70 diesel engines; two shafts, 22,300 bhp (16.4 mW)
Speed: >24 knots (44 km/h), Range: 9,000 nmi (17,000 km) at 15 knots (28 km/h), Complement: 169
Sensors and processing systems: Thales SMART-S Mk2 3D volume search radar, Terma Scanter 2100 surface search radar, Atlas ASO 94 sonar
4 Saab CEROS 200 fire control radars, ES-3701 Tactical Radar Electronic Support Measures (ESM)
Electronic warfare and decoys: 4 × 12-barrelled Terma DL-12T 130 mm decoy launchers, 2 × 6-barrelled Terma DL-6T 130 mm decoy launchers
Seagnat Mark 36 SRBOC
Armament: 1 × 5 inch (127 mm)/54 Mark 45 mod 4 gun
7 × 12.7 mm Heavy machine gun
VLS with up to 3 RIM-162 ESSM/RIM-7 Sea Sparrow (Mk 56/Mk 48 VLS)
8 × Harpoon Block II SSM
Later:
2 × Oerlikon Millennium 35 mm Naval Revolver Gun Systems CIWS
MU90 Impact ASW torpedoes
4 × Stinger Point-defence SAM
Aircraft carried: 2 × EH-101
Aviation facilities: Aft helicopter deck and hangars
Picture added on 19 June 2008
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