HDMS Gunnar Thorson (A560)


The HDMS Gunnar Thorson is a Danish environmental protection vessel built for environmental protection and preservation purposes in 1980-1981. Originally operated by the Danish Ministry of Environmental Protection (now Ministry of the Environment), Gunnar Thorson was crewed by the Royal Danish Navy throughout its history, but was not fully incorporated into the Navy until January 1, 1996.

Icebreaker Gunnar Thorson, Copenhagen.jpg
Gunnar Thorson in Copenhagen
NameGunnar Thorson
OwnerRoyal Danish Navy
OperatorRoyal Danish Navy
BuilderØrskov Christensen Stålskibsværft A/S, Frederikshavn
Laid downSeptember 26, 1980
LaunchedMarch 6, 1981
In serviceWith Royal Danish Navy since January 1, 1996
StatusActive as of August 2008
General characteristics
Length55.60 m (182.4 ft)
Beam12.30 m (40.4 ft)
Draught4.60 m (15.1 ft)
Propulsion1,741 KW
Speed12 knots (22 km/h; 14 mph)
Crew16 (accommodation for 34)
NotesRange 3,500 nautical miles

Gunnar Thorson is a lead ship of a class of two EPVs, the other being Gunnar Seidenfaden (A561).


  • Royal Danish Navy fleet register
  • Gunnar Thorson on Danish Naval History portal ship specifications