The Danish Frogman Corps (Danish: Frømandskorpset) is an elite special forces frogman corps in the Royal Danish Navy. This corps was set up on June 17, 1957 based on the model of the British SBS. It was under the Danish Navy’s Diving School at Flådestation Holmen (Naval Station Holmen, Copenhagen).
Operationally the Danish Frogman Corps is directly under the Danish Navy’s Operational Command.
The Frogman Corps’ primary duty is reconnaissance, but it is also tasked with assaulting enemy ships, sabotage of fixed installations, and combat duties. It has been more or less the Hunter Corps in Afghanistan and Iraq in the last few years.
It performs Special Forces type work on land also, including anti-terrorism and anti-criminal work.
The Frogman Corps is part of the Danish anti-terrorism preparations, as the corps supports the police with clearing up criminal matters that demand highly specialized diving. Also, local authorities etc. can benefit from the frogmen’s skills, for example when underwater installations must be inspected.
The Danish Frogman Corps trains at the Torpedo Station at Kongsøre and works through a long series of courses, e.g.:-
- Combat swimmer course for 3 weeks
- Advanced scuba diving course
- Rescue swimmer course
- Survival course
Crown Prince Frederik of Denmark has completed his education in this corps, under the pseudonym “Pingo.”