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PEDER SKRAM. Fartøjet var bygget til at lede en kampgruppe af
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PEDER SKRAM. Fartøjet var bygget til at lede en kampgruppe af
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minelæggere.

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On January 4th 1988 the two frigates,  Peder Skram (F352) and Herluf Trolle (F353), were decommissioned.
On January 4th 1988 the two frigates,  Peder Skram (F352) and Herluf Trolle (F353), were decommissioned.

The frigates as a victim of the fight of governmental power

In the 1980es for the first time since 1949 there was no consensus concerning the policy for defense and security of Denmark. After the Social Democrats had handed over government to the Conservatives and the Liberals they suddenly changed their attitude towards NATO and the armed forces in an attempt to re-gain government. As a part of the Defense Agreement of 1984 the opposition (Social Democrats, the Radical Left and the Socialist Folks Party) demanded the frigates HDMS Peder Skram and HDMS Herluf Trolle to be phased out in 1988. This in spite of the frigates being fully operational thanks to their mid-life-update in the mid-seventies making them operational for another many years without further updating.

 

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The frigates HDMS Peder Skram (F352) and HDMS Herluf Trolle (F353).

 

The defense against invasion - till then tasked to the frigates - was to be taken over by mobile, trucked coastal missiles and the new, small units of the Standard Flex class. The Conservative minority government had to accept the call for disarmament demanded by the opposition to stay in power and resurrect the economy. By the Navy the phasing-out of the two frigates was considered a wrong decision as it meant that their two most powerful fighting units were scrapped for political reasons, but on January 4th 1988 the two frigates were decommissioned. The Naval Operational Command decided to mark the day by arranging an emotional parade with participation of each one of the entire 733 men of the Frigate Squadron.

 

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On January 4th 1988 the two frigates were decommissioned.

 

In spite of the fact that the 1988-election meant the defeat of the security and defense-critical majority in the Parliament when the Radical Left joined a coalition with the Liberals and the Conservatives, the frigates could not be saved. A Defense Agreement on March 8th 1988 called for the end of the era of the frigates in the Danish Navy, but nobody could know that 25 years later the Navy counted 5 large new frigates, each more than twice the size of HDMS Peder Skram.