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International armada and military conference to invade Copenhagen

Copenhagen will be buzzing with naval officers and sailors in uniform when an armada of military vessels put the city under siege, and dock in the inner harbour in connection to the MAST Northern Coasts; a large military and naval conference that will take place from 4th to 6th September this year.

40 frigates, patrol ships, corvettes and other modern naval ships from 13 different countries will dock in the city’s inner harbour this September, all part of MAST Northern Coast, a large international conference and exhibition on maritime/air system technology (MAST). The conference will be held in Copenhagen’s Bella Centre and is expected to attract more than 3000 participants.

MAST Northern Coast is an example of how Copenhagen make use of the entire city and the attractive harbour for a conference, as the ships will dock in the very inner harbour surrounded by the Opera, the Royal Playhouse and even the Queen’s palace.

”We are so delighted to have won the bid for MAST Northern Coasts, which underscores Copenhagen’s position as a conference city and offers the locals a chance to experience the visiting fleet. The conferences we attract often functions as platforms for the local knowledge environments and companies to meet partners and share knowledge. This conference incorporates the city and will arouse extra attention and awareness, just as it will offer an international platform for the Danish defence,” says Kit Lykketoft, Director of Convention at Wonderful Copenhagen.

The public doesn’t always notice the visiting conferences but this time it will be hard to miss. Apart from the 4000 uniformed sailors browsing the city, it will also be possible to board some of the many naval ships, as public visits will be arranged on selected vessels. The naval invasion is part of a German lead exercise in the Baltic Sea, and the armada will dock in Copenhagen from the 3rd of September and depart on the 8th of September.

”As a proud seafaring nation it is obviously exciting to host such a big exercise and it will be pleasure for all to see the ships arrive in Copenhagen’s beautiful harbour, where we are looking forward to welcome the Copenhagener’s onboard, just as the conference offer a very good platform for recruitment” says Gustav Lang, Commander in the Danish Defence.

The actual conference MAST Northern Coasts (Maritime/Air Systems & Technologies) will take place from the 4th to the 6th of September 2019 in the Bella Centre. As part of the conference there will also be a large commercial exhibition with the participation of multinational companies within maritime and airborne defence technology.

MAST Northern Coasts will be the largest conference of its kind in Denmark and the bid was not least successful due to Copenhagen’s position as a conference city and the harbour where the ships will dock. The bid was a collaboration between the Danish Defence and Wonderful Copenhagen with the strong support from the Ministry of Industry, Business and Financial Affairs, the Copenhagen Municipality and the Confederation of Danish Industry.