June 24, 2019 (Google Translation) – HNLMS Evertsen returned to Den Helder today and received a royal reception. Queen Máxima came aboard the NH90 maritime combat helicopter shortly before entering the port. The air defense and command frigate participated in the Standing NATO Maritime Group 2 (SNMG2) in the Mediterranean during the past six months. It also had the task of being the flagship of the NATO fleet.
Máxima christened Evertsen in 2003. Now she was received by commander captain-lieutenant Sjoerd Feenstra. She spoke with crew members about working and living with the navy and made a tour of the ship. In January 2019 the HNLMS Evertsen the sister ship HNLMS De Ruyter as flagship in the Mediterranean.
SNMG2 is NATO’s permanent and quickly deployable fleet association. It operates mainly in the Mediterranean and Black Sea. The squadron forms NATO’s visible commitment to freedom of navigation at sea. In the past period, the fleet association consisted of ships from Bulgaria, Canada, Greece, Romania and Turkey.
Shadowing Russian naval vessels was 1 of the duties of the SNMG2. In addition, the fleet association collected information in the Black Sea and off the coast of Syria. It also participated in major international exercises to strengthen mutual cooperation.