860 Squadron celebrates 75th anniversary

Google Translation 860 Squadron exists today (June 15) 75 years. The squadron is now the operational NH90 squadron of the Defense Helicopter Command. On 15 June 1943, a group of Dutch people laid the basis for aircraft squadron 860 at the Scottish Donibristle airfield. This had to cope with the German U-boat threat on the Atlantic Ocean. The crews flew with the Fairey Swordfish aircraft from so-called Merchant Aircraft Carriers, converted cargo ships with a flight deck of about 150 by 15-20 meters. The Netherlands did with 2 Shell tankers:…

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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 The certificate of seaworthiness of the vessels was withdrawn after the discovery of problems with the water mist installation.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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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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