Danish Frogmen Corps

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Danish Frogmen Corps
Frømandskorpset
US Navy 090219-N-6278K-024 - VBSS assigned to the Danish flexible support ship HDMS Absalon (L 16) boards USS Vella Gulf (CG 72).jpg
A visit, board, search and seizure training on the USS Vella Gulf
Active June 17, 1957 – present
Country  Denmark
Branch Emblem of the Royal Danish Navy.svg Royal Danish Navy
Type Special Forces
Role Counter-Terrorism
Special Operations
Law Enforcement
Search and Rescue
Size 150[1]
Part of Special Operations Command
Garrison/HQ Kongsøre
Decorations Streamer PUC Army.PNG
Presidential Unit Citation (United States)
Website Official Facebook
Commanders
Chief of SOKOM Major general Jørgen Høll
Chief of the Frogman Corps Commander Jens Bach
Notable
commanders
Robert Christensen (1957–1970)
Finn Volke (1970–1975)
Mogens Christensen
Jens Bach

The Danish Frogmen Corps (Danish: Frømandskorpset) is a frogman corps of the Royal Danish Navy.

History[edit]

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.

21st century[edit]

Today the Danish Frogman Corps is directly under the Special Operations Command.

Role[edit]

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.

Training[edit]

The Danish Frogmen Corps trains at the Torpedo Station at Kongsøre[2] and works through a long series of courses, e.g.:

  • 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.[3]

Crown Prince Frederik of Denmark passed selection and completed continuation training to become a badged Frogman, in the course of which he earnt the nickname "Pingo".[4]

Presence in Danish society[edit]

The Danish Frogmen Corps policy is to remain unknown.[citation needed]. Members of the Frogmen corps are classified as top secret (yderst hemmelig) and their identities are hidden to the best of their ability.[citation needed]

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.[5]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Havskov, Jens Anton (24 June 2013). "The Danish Version of the Navy SEALs". bt.dk (in Danish). Berlingske Media. Retrieved 4 August 2016. 
  2. ^ Frømandskorpset. "About". Facebook (in Danish). Retrieved 15 January 2017. 
  3. ^ "Frømandskorpset (1:5)" (Video). DR.dk/TV (in Danish). Retrieved 9 November 2015. 
  4. ^ Bremer, Sophie (21 November 2011). "Pingo Playing With Australian Special Forces". Ekstra Bladet. JP/Politikens Hus A/S. Retrieved 15 January 2017. 
  5. ^ Rasmussen, Sofie Amalie. "DR1 giver et unikt indblik i Frømandskorpset". DR.dk (in Danish). Retrieved 3 November 2015. 

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