Danish Navy Missile Launcher Malfunction Halts Great Belt Shipping Lane

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  • A malfunctioning missile launcher on a Danish navy ship has led to the closure of the Great Belt strait, a crucial route for cargo ships accessing the Baltic Sea.
  • The incident occurred during a naval exercise when the launcher, which could not be deactivated, experienced a malfunction.
  • Although the missile itself was not armed, there was a risk of falling missile fragments, prompting authorities to close the area to air and sea traffic.

During a mandatory test, a missile launcher on a Danish navy ship experienced a malfunction, rendering it unable to be deactivated. This led to concerns about the potential firing of the missile and prompted the closure of the Great Belt strait, an essential shipping lane connecting the Baltic Sea.

Risk to Shipping

The closure of the strait was necessary due to the risk posed by the malfunctioning missile launcher. Authorities warned of the potential danger of the missile firing and travelling several kilometres away. While the missile itself was not armed, there was a risk of falling missile fragments, necessitating the closure of the area to air and sea traffic.

Response and Resolution

Specialists have been called in to address the issue with the missile launcher and deactivate it safely. Meanwhile, Danish maritime authorities have issued advisories to halt sea traffic in the affected area until the situation is resolved. The incident occurred just south of the Great Belt briBridgehich remained open to traffic during the closure of the shipping lane.

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Source: DW