March 27, 2017 – 32 naval ships, submarines 5, 10 helicopters, aircraft 60 and 7,600 soldiers. Together they form the participants to the major NATO exercise Joint Warrior, which started today. Netherlands joins including two frigates, a submarine, two minesweepers and EOD team.
The United Kingdom maintains two times a year the exercise Joint Warrior which naval, air force and army units involved. They practice tactics and skills for an international task context.
The naval units face in realistic scenarios with all kinds of threats. Commander Maritime Forces Commander Netherlands Kees Boelema Robertus is commander of a maritime task groups. “We are firmly put to the test,” he said. “We must guard against submarines, faced with threats from the air and operate in an area where mines are located. In the meantime, we must support land forces by opponents from the sea to take under fire and we are working closely with air units to enemy naval ships fight. and we are also confronted with cyber attacks, disruptions in communications and GPS systems. a tough challenge, but I am convinced that we will find a robust answer. “
Strong Dutch participation
The Netherlands is represented with the frigate Zr. Ms. Tromp and Zr. Ms. De Ruyter, the submarine Zr. Ms. Porpoise, mine hunters Zr. Ms. Schiedam and Zr. Ms. Willemstad, the NLMARFOR Maritime Battle Staff and various units ashore. Besides the Netherlands, including Belgium, Denmark, Germany, Estonia, France, Great Britain, Norway, Spain, Sweden and the United States along.
All kinds of threats
The exercise will be spread over the waters around Britain instead, but the maritime area is concentrated in the area north west of Scotland.