HNLMS Groningen Intercepts 330 Kilo Cocaine Shipment

October 31, 2019 (Google Translation) – HNLMS Groningen intercepted a drug transport in the early morning of 19 October. To the west of Aruba, the patrol ship managed to stop a so-called go fast-speed boat with 330 kilograms of cocaine on board. A Dash-8, maritime patrol aircraft of the coastguard, discovered the fast motorboat on a well-known smuggling route. The Groningen was then called in. He traced the drug boat with the help of his fast FRISC interception boat. On board was a combined team of the US Coast Guard…

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Groningen intercepts 857 kilos of drugs

October 22, 2019 (Google Translation) – Patrol ship HNLMS Groningen has coordinated a large drug catch in the Caribbean Sea. It involved a total of 857 kilos. The promotion took place on October 1. In the interest of the investigation, the Ministry of Defense only announced this today. Groningen was on patrol when the crew of a Dash 8 patrol aircraft of the Caribbean Coast Guard pointed to a suspicious boat, a so-called go-fast. The NH90 on-board helicopter of the Groningen was sent to collect more information. The go-fast was…

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HNLMS Groningen Intercepted 390 Kilos of Cocaine Near Bonaire

September 9, 2019 (Google Translation) – HNLMS Groningen intercepted 390 kilos of cocaine near Bonaire on 26 August. Defense only announced this today due to the judicial completion of the case. The successful action took place in close collaboration with the US Coast Guard. The intercepted vessel and drugs have been transferred to the US authorities. Groningen has been station ship in the Caribbean since April and will stay there for 2 years. It is a test in which not the ship but only the crew changes every 4 months.…

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Groningen Intercepts 470 Kilos of Cocaine

August 1, 2019 (Google Translation) – On July 30, 2019, HNLMS Groningen intercepted 470 kilos of cocaine north of Aruba. The crew of a coast guard aircraft, a Dash-8, discovered a suspicious boat. Sr. Ms Groningen was warned and the NH90 maritime combat helicopter forced the vessel to stop. The drugs and those on board were taken on board and handed over to the coastguard authorities the next morning. Groningen has been active in the Caribbean since 20 April. The ship serves as a station ship and acts during drug…

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Groningen Takes Part in Major Cocaine Bust

May 23, 2019 (Google Translation) – The patrol ship Zr. Ms Groningen intercepted more than 1,600 kilos of cocaine in the Caribbean last week. This happened together with an American coast guard team on board the Groningen. After the NH-90 on-board helicopter discovered a suspicious boat, it was stopped. The drugs and crew have been transferred to the US Coast Guard authorities. They ensure further prosecution. Groningen has been active in the Caribbean since 20 April. The ship is used as a station ship for drug control operations and humanitarian…

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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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