Who am I?
I am Johnny Erik Balsved, (born 1948) and I have
appointed myself the Webmaster of this site, primarily covering the Royal Danish Naval
history since 1510 and to the present day.
history has been the primary hobby for the most of my life.
special interests cover the period when the naval world changed from wooden
hulls into steel, from sail into steam and from muzzle loaders to breech loading
My own naval
up by a father that spend most of his life in the merchant Navy as a radio
"naval career" started in November 1964, joining the Royal Danish Naval
Johnny Erik Balsved,
first 5 years of service, I was privileged to serve on some fine ships:
The Submarine Squadron and the tender
HENRIK GERNER (A542)
The Fast Patrol Boat Squadron (MTB's) and the tender
that we are all getting older, I have to admit that all the fine ships I have
served on, have now been decommissioned for some years.
FISCHER is here spotted far away from home, in the Suez Canal, 1990.
(Photo: Royal Danish Navy)
I was appointed Lieutenant Commander in the Royal Danish Naval Home Guard and CO of
Naval Home Guard Flotilla 365, Copenhagen.
appointed Department Manager, and Commander of the Supply Section at Naval Base Copenhagen.
this period I also acted as the logistic coordinator for the Danish corvette
FISCHER (F355) during its station in the Persian Gulf 1990 - 1991.
Later participating in the
project groups dealing with the dismantling of the Naval Base.
Reducing the more than 300 years old historical main base to a naval station and
transferring the Naval ships to the provincial Naval Bases.
ending my "naval career" at Naval Station Holmen (Copenhagen) at the end of 1994, after
almost 30 years of duty.
the center of Copenhagen back in 1948.
However, now living with my wife, Kirsten, in the small city of
Havnsø in the north
western part of Zealand.
windows we have a clear view to the small island of Nekselø, the bay and the
local yachting club, just
We also have a glance view to the Naval Artillery Course, just to the direct
north, and quite the bay is visited by naval vessels.
Our house is today the base area for this website,
besides from off course also being the
The view from our House in Havnsø,
playground for both our children, sons-in-law and
daughters-in-law, and an increasing number of grand childrens.
contribute to this website
contribution to the improvement of this website is most welcome. You can
contribute by sending a story or signing the
Guest Book or
just using the
History Web Forum on this site.
feel free to email me at any time.
But please be patient; a lot of e-mails hits my
mailbox every day.
The Webmaster, Johnny Balsved, paying a visit
to the old
in the commanders cabin on board the frigate JYLLAND.
- Do you miss a major event on this Site,
or do you hold a great story?
Are you able to contribute to the unfolding of
the Danish Naval History,
me, enclosures are welcome.
Please remember to list your sources.
can also use the
Web Forum on this web-site.
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