HDMS Knud Rasmussen (P570)

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(PD) Photo: George Degener (USCG)
The Knud Rasmussen participating in Operation Nanook (2010).

The HDMS Knud Rasmussen is the lead vessel of a class of ice protected patrol vessels operated by the Royal Danish Navy.[1][2][3][4] The Knud Rasmussen and her two sister ships normally operate in the waters around Greenland.

The Knud Rasmussen participated in Operation Nanook 2010, in August 2010, in Baffin Bay and the Davis Strait, with Canadian and American vessels..[5]


displacement 1729 long tons
length 61 meters
beam 14.6 meters
draft 4.9 meters
propulsion 2 x 272- kilowatt diesels
range 5600 kilometers
speed 17 knots
boats 1 landing craft, 1 rigid hulled inflatable, in heated hangars
complement 18 crew, plus up to 25 passengers

The vessel can mount a variety of weapons using replacable pods, including:

aircraft facilities Aft helicopter deck, no hangar


  1. Update: Denmark's Arctic Assets and Canada's Response — Northern Deployment 2009: Danish Navy & CCG in the High Arctic, Canadian American Strategic Review, 2009-09. mirror
  2. Knud Rasmussen commissioned: First new Arctic Offshore Patrol Vessel Commissioned, Royal Danish Navy, 2008-02-18. mirror
  3. Knud Rasmussen Class (2008- ), Royal Danish Navy, 2007-11-19. mirror
  4. An Overview of Current, On-Going Danish Naval projects 2005-2009 Knud Rasmussen class Ice-Resistant OPV (Offshore Patrol Vessel), Canadian American Strategic Review, 2008-05. Retrieved on 2009-08-02. mirror
  5. 100816-G-4702D-012 Operation Nanook, Ninth District Public Affairs, US Coast Guard. Retrieved on 2010-09-22. mirror