OSK hires Commander Lars Povl Jensen to head new segment OSK Defence

Danish ship designers OSK continue to cement their position within naval ship design with the establishment of OSK Defence – a strategic department solely designated to specialised naval design, both nationally and internationally. Heading the new department will be Commander Lars Povl Jensen, who has more than twenty years’ experience in international and arctic naval operations.

New Defence Strategy in Denmark
In October 2022, the Danish government earmarked €5 billion for investments in the Royal Danish Navy. A new 10-year defence strategy is to be negotiated this spring, where one of the central topics will be to outline the strategy and requirements for development of the naval newbuilding projects spanning a variety of vessels such as patrol, coastal rescue, navy home guard, arctic frigates, arctic patrol vessels, etc.

Designing for Denmark – a holistic approach to the Danish newbuildings
As OSK’s new Head of Defence, Commander Lars Povl Jensen brings more than twenty years of operational expertise to the design process and the continued development of OSK’s naval portfolio. His extensive experience counts assignments as Commanding Officer on navy vessels such as HDMS ESBERN SNARE, HDMS KNUD RASMUSSEN, and HDMS ABSALON as well as Executive Officer and Operations Officer with deep insights as to how highly specialised naval vessels are to be designed, their operational profiles, and the complex technical requirements for future special operations. Paired with the team of experienced naval architects in OSK Defence, the department will focus on a holistic design approach encompassing vessel purpose, energy optimisation, and cost efficiency.

“We are really excited to welcome Lars Povl Jensen to OSK Defence, as his operational expertise compliments our design philosophy,” says Jacob Høgh Thygesen, CEO of OSK Group. And continues: “both the global and especially also the Danish and arctic awareness towards climate changes makes it undoubtable that when designing new defence vessels, we must have strong focus on the operational profile of the new vessels. This includes energy consumption throughout their entire lifecycle and equally important, designing the vessels for their highly specialised purposes yet having flexible mission-based modularisation capabilities. With this strong combination of Lars Povl Jensen’s second to none understanding of the operational requirements to a future navy fleet and our world class track record within ship design, we are certain that we will be able to offer innovative and competitive designs both for Danish and international purposes.”

Lars Povl Jensen will commence his tenure in OSK Defense during the summer of 2023 after completing his operational commitments towards the Royal Danish Navy.

For further information about OSK Defence, please contact Jacob Høgh Thygesen, CEO of OSK Group.
Phone: +45 31 10 72 72 or mail: jht@osk-shiptech.com

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