The advanced Danish warship faced multiple weapon issues while confronting the Houthis

Naval Mishaps: Red Sea Challenges for Iver Huitfeldt and Sachsen

The Danish navy’s most modern corvette, Iver Huitfeldt, recently experienced issues with its radar, combat system, and 76 mm cannon during a campaign in the Red Sea. According to Denmark’s OLFI newspaper, Lieutenant Colonel Sune Lund, commander of the corvette, sent an internal message to superiors detailing these problems.

Iver Huitfeldt is part of a class of anti-aircraft defense ships that were put into service in 2011 and are the most modern warships of the Danish navy. During the mission in the Red Sea, the corvette encountered difficulties with its APAR radar specialized in fire control and the C-Flex combat management system. These issues prevented it from firing long-range air defense missiles within 30 minutes. Additionally, the 76 mm artillery shells on board were damaged during the mission.

Lieutenant Colonel Lund expressed concern over the safety implications of using unstable shells in the warship’s ammunition depot. The Danish Ministry of Defense has initiated an investigation into Iver Huitfeldt’s combat activities in the Red Sea but has not confirmed all details reported by media sources.

This incident with Iver Huitfeldt is not unique as Germany’s advanced missile guard ship Sachsen also faced challenges while responding to threats in the Red Sea earlier this year. In that instance, Sachsen misfired when it launched missiles at a suspicious UAV resulting in a costly mistake. These incidents highlight

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