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Commodore Søren Thinggaard Larsen was born in 1960 and joined the Royal Danish Navy in 1980 as a sonar rating in the Danish Submarines. He attended the Royal Danish Naval Academy in 1987 and graduated as Lieutenant in 1990. As a junior officer Larsen served in the Danish Submarines.

He attend Junior Staff Course from 1994-1995, including a Master Certificate in Navigation and Senior Staff Course from 2000-2001.

Service ashore includes staff positions at Action Information School in Frederikshavn, Staff Operations Officer at Admiral Danish Fleet Headquarters, Head of Joint Operations and Intelligence Center at Defence Command Denmark. From 2007-2010 Larsen was deployed with his family to Supreme Allied Command Transformation, Norfolk, Virginia, USA as Staff Officer Training and Education.

From 2015-2017 he was Commandant of the Royal Danish Naval Academy.

At sea Larsen attended the Netherlands Submarine Command Course in 1995 and got his first command of a Danish submarine in the summer of 1996. He was commanding officer of several Danish submarines from 1996-1999 and a second run in 2002-2003 where he was deployed to the Mediterranean as a part of Operation ACTIVE ENDEAVOUR and to Bahrain as liaison officer to the US 5th Fleet during Operation IRAQI FREEDOM.

Larsen was Commanding Officer of an ABSALON-Class Flexible Support Ship from 2012 to 2015 and was Commanding Officer of the Flag Ship ESBERN SNARE during Removal of Chemical Agents out of Syria, OPERATION RECSYR in 2014 and during OPERATION OCEAN SHIELD in 2014.

Larsen was appointed as Commander Danish Task Group in August 2017 and acted as Task Group Commander during Exercise DANEX 2017 and Exercise NORTHERN COAST 2017.

Commodore Larsen decorations are: The Knight of the Order of Dannebrog 1st class, Badge of Honour for 25 years of Good Service in the Navy, Defence Medal for International Service, OPERATION OCEAN SHIELD (2014), Defence Medal for International Service, OPERATION RECSYR (2014), Defence Medal for International Service, OPERATION IRAQI FREEDOM (2003), Article 5 NATO Medal, OPERATION ACTIVE ENDEAVOUR (2002) and NATO non-Article 5 Medal, AFRICA (2014).

Larsen lives in Copenhagen and is married with Jette. They have two girls and a son. He enjoys recreational moments with his family in the family summerhouse.




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