I missed this when it came out, but the RDN have reclassified their two Absalon Class flexible support ships, Absalon
and Esbern Snare
, to frigates. This was done in October 2020, and the two frigates will be "... modernized for their new mission by 2026 with ASW enhancements, including a towed-array sonar
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Source: Denmark’s Absalon-class Flexible Frigates
They are proving to be a good capability for the RDN. The Absalon Class has one more deck than the Iver Huitfeld / AH140 Class frigates, and approximate 7 knots slower. The slower speed is due to the Absalon Class only having two diesel engines against the Iver Huitfeld / AH140 Class frigates four engines. The Iver Huitfeld Class / AH140 Class frigates is a derivative of the Absalon Class.