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DSEI 2023: OSK pitches Arctic frigate design for new Danish Navy requirement

13th September 2023 - 11:45 GMT | by Giovanni Rasio in London

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The Arctic frigate design proposed by OSK features two mission bays. (Photo: author)

OSK Design has revealed details of its Arctic frigate concept, designed to replace Denmark's ageing Thetis class for operations in the High North.

After awarding a design contract for the procurement of a new generation of patrol vessels, Denmark is expected to focus on the replacement of its ageing Thetis-class frigates.

The class, which was introduced in the early 1990s, has been mainly employed to patrol the Greenland, Iceland and UK (GIUK) gap and the deep waters surrounding Greenland and the Faroe Islands. 

Four vessels are currently in service, and although no out-of-service date has been disclosed, Shephard estimates the ships will be removed from active duty in the early 2030s.

The replacement solution proposed by OSK Design features an ice-strengthened hull

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Giovanni Rasio

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Giovanni Rasio is a Senior Naval Analyst at Shephard’s Defence Insight business intelligence service. Before …

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