Denmark’s Versatile Warships
By Harold Hutchison
As controversy swirls over the Littoral Combat Ship, which appears to be far more suitable for the Coast Guard, the Danish Navy is operating two classes of ship that might be an answer to America’s question. It is hard not to look at these ships and wonder what could have been.
One of the ways Denmark has made their naval vessels so potent and yet versatile lies in the StanFlex system. This system, first deployed in the 1980s on the small Flyvefisken class patrol vessels, enabled a small 320-ton vessel to fulfill roles from mine-countermeasures to a missile boat to combating pollution. Modules can be switched out in a couple of hours.