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Deputy Chief of Staff, Support Directorate (J1, J4 and J6)

Deputy Chief of Staff, Support Directorate (J1, J4 and J6)

Commodore Soeren Thinggaard Larsen
Royal Danish Navy

Soeren Larsen joined the Royal Danish Navy Submarine Service in 1980. He served seven years on several submarines as a sonar operator and during his career, he primarily served in positions at the tactical/operational level.

Soeren completed the Royal Danish Naval Academy in 1987 and was appointed to the submarine HDMS NARHVALEN as Navigations Officer. After completion of the Netherlands Submarine Command Course in 1996 he took command of HDMS NARHVALEN (a type 206 submarine), did several deployments to the Eastern Baltic Sea, and did two Active Endeavour patrols in the Mediterranean Sea. In 2003 he was deployed to the Persian Gulf / Operation Iraqi Freedom, where he was Danish liaison Officer to US 5th Fleet during the second Gulf War.

In 2012 he took command of the frigate HDMS ABSALON and was Flag Ship CO in 2014 during the first phase of the Removal of Chemical Agents out of Syria (RECSYR) and counter piracy operations around the Horn of Africa. In 2017 he was promoted to Commodore and took command of Danish Task Group. In 2018 he took command of Standing NATO Maritime Group one for six months.

Ashore he has served as Operations Officer in the Danish Submarine Squadron and Admiral Danish Fleet HQ. He has also served as Head of the Intelligence and Operations Centre at Defence Command Denmark. Subsequently as Commandant of the Royal Danish Naval Academy and prior to his present assignment as Deputy Chief of Staff Support Directorate at Joint Force Command Norfolk he was Deputy Commander Royal Danish Navy and Commander Danish Sea Training. This is Soeren's second tour to the US. From 2007 to 2010 he was desk officer Training and Education at Allied Command Transformation, Norfolk.

Soeren was appointed as Deputy Chief of Staff Support Directorate, Joint Force Command Norfolk in February 2020.


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