Commodore Carsten Fjord-Larsen is a native of Hvide Sande on Jutland's West coast, he received his commission in November 1986 from the Royal Danish Naval Academy and was designated as a submarine officer in 1987.
Through the rest of 1980's, he served in diesel-electric submarines primarily in Northern European waters. In 1993 he graduated from the Principal Warfare Officer course in Denmark. He took command of several coastal corvettes from 1994 until 1998. He has had a mixed service between Branch Chief Force Programmes at the Danish Defense Staff, served in two positions at the Royal Danish Staff College, and operational duty. His last staff assignment was Branch Chief Concept and Capability Development at the Danish Defense Staff.
Commodore Carsten Fjord-Larsen has served as commanding officer of the NIELS JUEL-class corvettes, the Flexible Support ships (LCS) HDMS ABSALON and HDMS ESBERN SNARE, and the two Danish frigates HDMS IVER HUITFELDT and HDMS PETER WILLEMOES. Through his periods of command at sea he has done three tours in NATO's Operation Ocean Shield of which one was as Flag Captain in Standing NATO Maritime Group I. He has done several deployments in Operation Active Endeavour (OAE) and has been task group commander during exercises NORTHERN COAST, US BALTOPS and national exercises.
He is a 1999 graduate of Senior Staff College in Denmark and a 2014 graduate of the USNWC Naval Command Course. He has participated in several international courses, i.e. Amphibious Planning Course in 2000 in the Royal Navy, Maritime Coastal Course in Canada, and the 2014 Senior Defense Resource Management Course in Monterey, CA. In 2016 he graduated from the British Higher Command and Staff Course in Shrivenham.
Prior to his appointment as Commander, Standing NATO Maritime Group ONE, Commodore Fjord-Larsen served as the Commander 2nd Danish Squadron located at Naval Base Korsoer, Denmark. A squadron comprised of frigates, flexible support ships, patrol craft, MCM Denmark, EOD, and Electronic Warfare Centre.
He lives in Lyngby close to Copenhagen, married to Charlotte Fjord-Larsen. They have three children Sarah, Frederik, and Filippa.