Rising insecurity and instability have been witnessed in the Gulf and the Strait of Hormuz in 2019 with multiple maritime and non-maritime incidents as a result of growing regional tensions.
The frigate Iver Huitfeldt's task is to be present, observers and reports of any abnormal activity. Photo: The Armed Forces.
Rising insecurity and instability have been witnessed in the Gulf and the Strait of Hormuz in 2019 with multiple maritime and non-maritime incidents as a result of growing regional tensions. The current situation in the Gulf and the Strait of Hormuz remains unstable and the growing insecurity and instability has affected the freedom of navigation and the security of European and non-European vessels in the area. In order to ensure security and support de-escalation in the region, the Governments of Denmark, Belgium, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, The Netherlands and Portugal established the maritime mission, EMASOH in February 2020.
Denmark contributes to Operation Agénor, within the framework of EMASOH, with staff officers and the frigate IVER HUITFELDT.
EMASOH constitutes a useful instrument in safeguarding the freedom of navigation by ensuring adequate coordination and information sharing mechanisms with all partners operating in the area, including the maritime industry. Moreover, EMASOH aims to foster de-escalation and to complement vital diplomatic efforts aiming at ensuring increased stability and an inclusive regional dialogue in a critical context. In full accordance with international law, including the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS), the mission provides enhanced maritime situation awareness and surveillance through the deployment of additional maritime surveillance assets in the Gulf and Arabian Sea.
Period of timeFra 2020