Air Bases and Airfields
Danish Naval Aviation

This page gives details of some of the air bases and airfields which are, or have been, used by the Danish Navy.

Vaerlose (ICAO code: EKVL)
Vaerlose is located northwest of Copenhagen, only about 20 km from the city centre. It was originally constructed as an army camp in 1910 and rebuild as a military airfield in the 1930s. After WW2 RDanAF operations were resumed, principally with transport aircraft. It became the main base of the Naval Air Service in 1962. On 1 April 2004 the airfield was closed as a military base, due to military budget cuts, and handed over to civilian use in October 2008.
Runway data: Location: N55° 46′ 3″ E012° 20′ 36″, Elev: 58 ft (18 m), Rwy 28/10, Size: 8061 x 150 ft (2457 x 46 m).

Karup (ICAO: EKKA)
Karup is located between Herning and Viborg in central Denmark. It is dual civil-military airport. It was originally build by the Germans in WW2 as Fliegerhorst Grove, and taken over by the RDanAF postwar. Since 2004 it has been the main helicopter base for the Danish armed forces.
Runway data: Location: N56° 17′ 50.85″ E009° 07′ 28.66″, Elev: 170 ft (52 m), Rwy 04/22, Size: 2936 x 50 ft (895 x 15 m), Rwy 09/27, Size: 2789 x 197 ft (850 x 60 m), Rwy 09R/27L, Size: 9607 x 150 ft (2928 x 46 m), Rwy 09L/27R, Size: 9816 x 75 ft (2992 x 23 m), Rwy 14/32, Size: 2296 x 60 ft (700 x 18 m).

Aircraft-Carrying Ships
Danish Naval Aviation

This page gives details of the ships which were, or are, used by the aircraft and helicopters of the Danish Navy.

‘Absalon’-class (Command and Support Ship)
Large aft landing area for 2 medium-sized helicopters.

Pennant Number KDM (Name) Commissioned Decommissioned Deck Code
L16 Absalon Oct 2004 current ??
L17 Esbern Snare Apr 2005 current ??

‘Beskytteren’-class (Offshore Patrol Frigate)
Modified Hvidbjoren class frigate, with helicopter hangar.

Pennant Number KDM (Name) Commissioned Decommissioned Deck Code
F340 Beskytteren Feb 1976 Nov 2000 ??

‘Hvidbjornen’-class (Offshore Patrol Frigate)
Normally one helicopter each.

Pennant Number KDM (Name) Commissioned Decommissioned Deck Code
F348 Hvidbjornen Dec 1962 Nov 1992 ??
F349 Vaedderen Mar 1963 Mar 1992 ??
F350 Ingolf July 1963 Dec 1991 ??
F351 Fylla July 1963 July 1991 ??

‘Thetis’-class (Ocean Patrol Vessel)
Aft helicopter deck and hangar for one Lynx helicopter.

Pennant Number KDM (Name) Commissioned Decommissioned Deck Code
F357 Thetis July 1991 current ??
F358 Triton Dec 1991 current ??
F359 Vaeddern June 1992 current ??
F360 Hvidbjornen Nov 1992 current ??