December 10, 2016 – The Netherlands’ contribution to the anti-piracy mission Atalanta again extended by one year. According to current planning speed the amphibious transport HNLMS Rotterdam in mid-2017 to bind to the fight against any pirates in the waters off Somalia.
The old and the new commander of the flotilla shake hands.
Past 4 months, HNLMS Tromp used for this purpose. The international flotilla operating under EU flag moreover was under the command of the Dutch air defense and command frigate.
In charge of the fleet has been taken over by Spain. After a visit to the port city of Berbera in Somaliland, last weekend, the Tromp has now put rate to the Netherlands. Here the ship is expected in a few days before Christmas.
Netherlands has been participating since 2009 participating in Atalanta. In the years 2010 to 2014 yielded Dutch naval ships also contribute to Ocean Shield. This is an anti-piracy mission, but NATO.