May 23, 2019 (Google Translation) – The patrol ship Zr. Ms Groningen intercepted more than 1,600 kilos of cocaine in the Caribbean last week. This happened together with an American coast guard team on board the Groningen.
After the NH-90 on-board helicopter discovered a suspicious boat, it was stopped. The drugs and crew have been transferred to the US Coast Guard authorities. They ensure further prosecution.
Groningen has been active in the Caribbean since 20 April. The ship is used as a station ship for drug control operations and humanitarian assistance. In addition, it performs coast guard duties such as tracing illegal fishing, environmental crimes and rescue operations. Earlier this month, Zr. Ms Groningen still help a motor yacht that got into trouble.
The Groningen has 2 fast FRISC motor boats and an NH-90 helicopter for its tasks. The navy ship will still operate in the area for the next 2 years. In between the crew changes.