In November, Danish defense and maritime companies took the opportunity to showcase them self aboard the Danish Frigate, Peter Willemoes, on the occasion of the Frigate visiting the harbour of Baltimore. Nine Danish companies were represented and several of them invited guests and potential partners aboard the Frigate.
The Frigate had crossed the Atlantic Ocean to take part in a military exercise together with the carrier strike group, George H. W. Bush but had made time in the program to visit Baltimore prior to the exercise commenced. During the visit, a conference was held by U.S. Navy Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) focusing on modular and flexible shipbuilding concepts based on the Danish Defense and maritime industry’s unique experience in providing innovative and highly capable solutions. With low acquisition, operational, and maintenance costs and with high rates of availability, the ships, build by the Danish Defense and maritime industry, offer potent and versatile combat power to a very compatible price.
The Danish modular concepts for shipbuilding have proven to be of great interest in the U.S., which was emphasized as the House Chairman of the Armed Services Committee, Mac Thornberry, visited the Frigate together with Chief of Naval Operations, Admiral John Richardson. Prior this year, Chairman Thornberry suggested modular and flexible concepts for shipbuilding to be integrated with the U.S. acquisition program in order to increase efficiency and evolve the program’s current solutions.
Among others, representatives from Denmark included the then Danish Minster for Business and Growth, Troels Lund Poulsen, the Danish Chief of Naval Staff, Frank Trojahn, and the Danish Ambassador to the U.S., Lars Gert Lose.
The visit by the Frigate lasted from November 16 – November 19 2016 and included several company meetings, a reception, and the Annual Meeting of American-Danish Business Council. During the visit, more than 1,500 people took advantage of the opportunity to get a tour around the Frigate and learn more about the Danish Defense and maritime industry’s shipbuilding concepts.