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UPDATED: 10:32, September 22, 2006
Danish naval ships ready to sail as part of Lebanon force
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Three Danish warships will set sail for Lebanon to join the German-led flotilla charged with enforcing the UN weapons embargo off the coast of Lebanon, said reports from Copenhagen on Thursday.

One corvette, the Peter Tordenskiold, and two missile cruisers, the Raven and the Hawk, have been anchored in a German naval base in Wilhelmshaven for nearly two weeks, reported public service broadcaster DR.

The Danish Parliament voted at the end of August to make the three ships available for the UN force, but had not received final word whether they would be necessary when the ships set sail from their home port of Korsoer.

The German Bundestag voted Wednesday to approve sending eight vessels and upwards of 1,500 crew to serve as the backbone of the naval embargo. No official request has yet been extended to Denmark, but the three vessels have been given a position in the fleet's sailing order, according to DR.

Source: Xinhua

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