Danish Frogmen Corps
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|Danish Frogmen Corps|
A visit, board, search and seizure training on the USS Vella Gulf
|Active||June 17, 1957 – present|
|Branch||Royal Danish Navy|
Search and Rescue
|Part of||Special Operations Command|
Presidential Unit Citation (United States)
|Chief of SOKOM||Major general Jørgen Høll|
|Chief of the Frogman Corps||Commander Jens Bach|
|Robert Christensen (1957–1970)
Finn Volke (1970–1975)
This corps was set up on June 17, 1957 based on the model of the British SBS. Initially it was under the Danish Navy's Diving School at Flådestation Holmen (Naval Station Holmen, Copenhagen), but in 1970 it was made an independent unit, operationally under the submarine squadron.
Today the Danish Frogman Corps is directly under the Special Operations Command.
The Frogmen Corps' primary duty is reconnaissance, but it is also tasked with assaulting enemy ships, sabotage of fixed installations, advanced force and maritime anti-terrorism tasks.
It performs special operations work on land also, including anti-terrorism and anti-criminal work. The Corps supports the police with clearing up criminal matters that demand highly specialised diving. Also, local authorities, etc. can benefit from the frogmen's skills, for example when underwater installations must be inspected.
- Combat swimmer course for three weeks
- Advanced scuba diving course
- Rescue swimmer course
- Survival course
The basic Frogman Course is nine months. Each year 500-600 applicants start the course and less than a dozen complete all nine months. Since its creation in 1957, 311 have completed the training, and become a Frogman.
Presence in Danish society
The Danish Frogmen Corps policy is to remain unknown.. Members of the Frogmen corps are classified as top secret (yderst hemmelig) and their identities are hidden to the best of their ability.
The Danish Frogmen Corps is very well known for photos and videos that have been shared around social networks, including Reddit, Tumblr and others. One of the more well-known images is a photo taken after a military exercise. In 2015, a DR-produced documentary detailing the life of Frogmen cadets was released.
- List of military diving units
- Underwater Demolition Command
- Special Actions Detachment
- US Navy Seals
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- Danish Defence webpage (in Danish)