Karel Doorman has been moored at the quay in Den Helder since this afternoon. The Joint Support Ship helped the Sea Guardian NATO mission to secure the European southern flank.
To do that, it is important to know who and what is going on. Then unwanted ship movements, with a terrorist motive, for example. So the Doorman supplied information for the image building and monitored shipping in the eastern part of the Mediterranean.
Special Operations Forces also collected information from a few suspicious vessels. That happened above, on and under water.
De Doorman carried out his duties with boarding teams, a Cougar transport helicopter and a FRISC crew. The so-called Role-2 hospital was available for medical support.
The Special Operations Forces use the last part of the trip to train business as diving and boarding operations. Use was made of all sensors on board, the helideck, small vessels and the military hospital.
Ebola and Irma
Sr. Ms. Karel Doorman was deployed for the 3rd time with the operation in the Mediterranean. Earlier this was in 2014. Then it brought relief goods to West Africa to fight Ebola. Last year, the naval vessel was deployed for aid in the Caribbean after Hurricane Irma.