June 26, 2019 (Google Translation) – HNLMS Zierikzee returned to Den Helder today. The minehunter has participated for 2 months in the NATO mine-fighting flotilla, the Standing NATO Mine Countermeasures Group 1 (SNMCMG 1).
SNMCMG 1 has been used for Beneficial Cooperation, among other things. The Zierikzee destroyed 3 mines north of the Wadden Islands. During this operation, SNMCMG 1 destroyed a total of 10 explosives. They were discovered at the beginning of this year during the search for the containers that had been knocked overboard at MS Zoë north of the Wadden Islands.
Zierikzee also participated in the international Open Spirit and BALTOPS exercises in the Baltic Sea. Mining operations were conducted in an international context. Practice explosives were sought and cleared based on various maritime war scenarios.
Lieutenant-at-the-sea 1 Yvonne van Beusekom looked back on the deployment during the transfer of command to his fellow Sjors ter Veen. Her crew had to deal with a lot of delays in the work-up process, so that the departure was delayed several times. “This makes it feel like we’ve been away for longer. But we can nevertheless look back on a good operational period. “