Three Dutch Auxiliaries to Receive Midlife Upgrade

July 11, 2019 (Google Translation) – The support ship Pelikaan and the hydrographic survey vessels Snellius and Luymes get a major makeover. The ships thus enter the 2nd half of their life cycle with a fresh start. Defense and Damen Shiprepair Den Helder signed today for this so-called midlife upkeep (MLU). Safety and aging problems are solved with maintenance. In this way the ships get a new so-called ship’s skin and radars and communication equipment are renewed. Major maintenance for ship systems also follows. This is combined with regular major…

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Zierikzee Home From SNMCMG1 Deployment

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…

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Netherlands transfers NATO fleet command

June 16, 2019 (Google Translation) – The NATO fleet SNMG2 is no longer under Dutch command after a year. Commander Boudewijn Boots handed over the leadership of the ships to Canadian commander Josée Kurtz yesterday. The rapidly deployable fleet association was mainly active in the Mediterranean and Black Sea last year, where it carried out shadow activities among the Russians, among other things. SNMG2 was close by when tensions between Russia and Ukraine increased in the Azov Sea. With the presence of the patrolling squadron, NATO wants to make it…

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Damen Shipyards Den Helder signs order with Netherlands’ Defense Material Organization for Expeditionary Survey Boat

March 25, 2019 – Damen Shipyards Den Helder (DSDH) and the Netherlands’ Defense Material Organization (DMO) procurement agency have signed a contract for the design, build and delivery of a prototype Expeditionary Survey Boat (ESB). The craft will be optimized for rapid environmental assessments and hydrographic surveys in harbors, river mouths, shallow waters, coastal areas and shipping channels. The craft will be manned by four persons; two to crew the boat and two technicians to operate the hydrographic equipment, and will be able to spend up over 60 hours continuously…

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Johan de Witt Deploys for Trident Juncture 2018

October 17, 2018 (Google Translation) – An increasing number of Dutch military personnel are moving to Norway for the Trident Juncture exercise. This afternoon HNLMS Johan de Witt from the naval port in Den Helder. The amphibious transport ship takes hundreds of soldiers and dozens of vehicles to the largest NATO exercise since the Cold War. Dutch participates with 2,200 soldiers, 4 ships, 2 helicopters, a tanker plane and hundreds of combat and supporting vehicles. NATO exercises defense territory Exercise Trident Juncture is one that makes an impression. This year,…

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Karel Doorman back after security task in the Mediterranean

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…

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HNLMS Holland Returns to Service

Google Translation As 1st of the 4 patrol vessels, HNLMS Holland again fully deployable. That is faster than expected. The certificate of seaworthiness of the vessels was withdrawn after the discovery of problems with the water mist installation. This is an indispensable part of the extinguishing system. Today the Holland was officially declared seaworthy again. Due to the rapid recovery, the Holland is leaving for the Caribbean in early April. There it takes on the role of station ship of the multipurpose frigate Zr. Ms Van Speijk. 1 of the…

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A Look at Dutch Defence News 20 – 27 November

Commodore Ludger Brummelaar has been appointed as the new Chief of the Military Household of His Majesty the King. He will first be promoted to the rank of rear admiral and succeed Major General Hans van der Louw on 1 January 2018. Doorman returns from the Caribbean HNLMS Karel Doorman has returned to its home port of Den Helder. Over the past few months, the Royal Netherlands Navy’s biggest support ship transported relief supplies to the Caribbean after the hurricanes Irma and Maria had caused devastation on several islands in…

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Evertsen back home after serving in NATO fleet

Google Translation HNLMS Evertsen is back home in Den Helder. The Air Defense and Command Force has been part of the NATO Maritime Group 1 (SNMG1) since May. The NATO navy is predominantly in the Baltic Sea due to the worsening security situation at the eastern border of the NATO Convention Area. It is one of the reassuring measures towards the Baltic States and Poland. With the Evertsen as an anti-air warface commander the air defense of the connection was in Dutch hands. For the frigate, the task force also…

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