June 26, 2020 (Google Translation) – After 2.5 months, Karel Doorman returned today to Den Helder. The arrival in Den Helder had a sober character due to the corona measures. This time not a full quay with family and friends.
The ship and her crew have been deployed in the Caribbean since April 24. There, grateful use was made of the possibilities of the large naval ship in the fight against the corona virus. Even marines and helicopters.
Karel Doorman was prepared for all tasks and ultimately helped with transport, maritime border control and public order. The deployment of medical capabilities on board the ship proved unnecessary.
Marines supported the local authorities in Saint Maarten in maintaining public order.
The on-board Cougar helicopter detachment was mainly used for coastguard duties. Among other things, foreigners were prevented from landing and spreading the corona virus.
The Cougars sailed back but took off from Britain yesterday and flew to Gilze-Rijen Air Base.