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Norway and Sweden have no plans to send warships to Gulf of Guinea

Neither Norway nor Sweden plan to send warships to the Gulf of Guinea or contribute to an international naval coalition following last week's attack on Danish frigate Esbern Snare, which took place in the region and left four pirates dead.

Den danske fregat Esbern Snare. | Photo: Marthe Brendefur/AFP/Ritzau Scanpix

None of the other Scandinavian countries are considering taking a leaf out of Denmark's book and sending naval vessels to the Gulf of Guinea to protect international shipping in the pirate-ridden waters.

"In essence, we sail together with NATO's permanent maritime groups in local areas and occasionally outside (...) There are currently no considerations or plans for Norwegian vessels in the Gulf of Guinea. Any potential future maritime operations are decided by the government," states the Norwegian Ministry of Defence in a reply to ShippingWatch on the question of whether Norway expects to dispatch a vessel in the wake of the Danish frigate Esbern Snare killing four pirates and wounding a fifth last week.

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