COPENHAGEN (Reuters) – Denmark on Monday despatched a frigate in the direction of the Crimson Sea, the place it would take part in a U.S.-led coalition to safeguard business visitors in opposition to assaults by Yemen’s Houthi militants.
Delivery corporations have since December diverted lots of of vessels round southern Africa’s Cape of Good Hope in an effort to keep away from assaults by the Iranian-backed Houthis. The journey round Africa takes 10-14 days longer and is extra pricey than the passage by way of the Crimson Sea and Suez Canal.
“Somebody has to face up totally free world commerce, and we now have taken on the duty to assist make that occur,” Defence Minister Troels Lund Poulsen instructed reporters on board the frigate Ivar Huitfeldt earlier than it departed the Korsor naval base.
The assaults goal a route that accounts for about 15% of the world’s delivery visitors and acts as an important conduit between Europe and Asia.
Denmark, residence to delivery firm Maersk, is sending the frigate to the realm as a part of Operation Prosperity Guardian shaped final month aimed toward defending service provider vessels.
The Danish Parliament is anticipated to approve a decision to ship the warship into the realm on Feb. 6, the Defence Ministry stated.