Pirate Hunter is the story about Denmark’s Marine Commandos’ battle against the pirates off the Horn of Africa as told by one of the men who was closest to the action for the five years the campaign lasted. Henrik Monggaard Christensen is a Lieutenant Commander in the Royal Danish Navy and a specialist Tactical Co-ordinator who was tasked with the planning and execution of the Danish mission against the Somali pirates in the western Arabian Sea.
In this book he reveals his version of the Danish counter-piracy efforts that he experienced from the front-seat of a Lynx helicopter. He tells us about the selection and training of the personnel who crew Danish ships and helicopters. About the breathtaking missions with the Frogmen Commandos, Denmark’s Special Boat Squadron (SBS) equivalent, and about the arrest and imprisonment of the pirates. About how these invisible elite forces operating in the Gulf of Aden often felt that the Danish politicians and media did more to ensure their votes and readers than to save the Danish hostages from the pirates. About how Henrik Monggaard Christensen finally lost the grip on his own life during his attempt to rescue others.
For the first time we come close to the drama of the hostages from the Danish family onboard the yacht ‘Ing’ – and of the release of the Danish sailors Soeren and Eddy that day in April 2013 when the rescue actions were so close to going horrifically wrong.