HNLMS Friesland Intercepts Cocaine Shipment

October 2, 2018 (Google Translation) – Patrol ship HNLMS Friesland has intercepted a boat with 900 kilos of cocaine north of Aruba. This happened after a 7-hour chase in the night of Thursday 20 September. In the interest of the research, the Defense organization will only announce drug seizure today. The navy’s NH90 airborne helicopter detected the so-called go fast during a patrol. The crew saw a large amount of packages on board. The Friesland and the helicopter immediately started the chase and tried to force the boat to stop.…

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Dutch OPVs Barred From Sailing Until Sprinkler System Fixed

Google Translation Due to problems with the extinguishing installation, the 4 patrol vessels of the Royal Netherlands Navy are temporarily not sailing. A regular test on board of HNLMS Holland showed a malfunction of the sprinkler system last month. Investigation of the installations on the other 3 so-called ocean-going patrol vessels showed that mounting brackets and couplings are not in order. The patrol vessels sail with a reduced crew. This can be done by far-reaching automation, also with the fire extinguishing system. If the sprinkler system does not function properly,…

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