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Emblem of the Frogman Corps
|Active||17 June 1957 – present|
|Branch||Royal Danish Navy|
|Part of||Special Operations Command|
Presidential Unit Citation (United States)
|Website||Official Facebook page|
|Chief of SOKOM||Major general Peter Boysen|
|Chief of the Frogman Corps||Commander Jens Bach|
The Frogman Corps (Danish: Frømandskorpset) is the maritime special operations force of the Danish Defence part of Special Operations Command. On 1 July 2015, the Frogman Corps transferred from the Royal Danish Navy to the newly established Special Operations Command.
The Frogman Corps was established on 17 June 1957 based on the model of the United Kingdom Royal Marines Special Boat Company, US Underwater Demolition Team, and Marinejegerkommandoen, in Norway. Initially it was under the Danish Navy's Diving School at Flådestation Holmen (Naval Station Holmen, Copenhagen), but in 1972 it was made an independent unit, operationally under the submarine squadron.
The Frogman Corps primary role 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 frogman's skills, for example when underwater installations must be inspected.
The Frogman Corps trains at the Torpedo Station at Kongsøre and works through a long series of courses, e.g.:
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.
From 2008 until the end of 2014, the Frogman Corps was involved in counter-piracy operations as part of Operation Ocean Shield. On 5 February 2010, ten Frogman Corps aboard HDMS Absalon (L16) conducted a counter-piracy mission in the Gulf of Aden approaching the Antigua and Barbuda-flagged merchant vessel Ariella by rigid hull inflatable boat which had been hijacked by six armed Somali pirates. They scaled the side of the ship and freed the 25 crew, who had locked themselves in a secure room, and continued to search the vessel for the pirates who had however fled.
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