Dutch Ships Arrive Bahamas for HADR

September 11, 2019 (Google Translation) – Around 550 Dutch soldiers have arrived at the Bahamas. They come to the aid of the inhabitants of the island of Abaco, one of the islands that was hit hard by Hurricane Dorian. Navy ship Snellius arrived in the affected area at 7 am (local time) and Johan de Witt followed at 4 pm in the afternoon. The first priority is to map the situation on the island. That is why a number of forward-sent soldiers traveled by helicopter to a hospital and the…

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Dutch Increase HADR Operations in the Bahamas

September 7, 2019 (Google Translation) – The Netherlands is sending extra soldiers to the Caribbean to support emergency aid to the Bahamas. On Saturday afternoon, 76 Marines departed from Eindhoven Air Base with a KDC-10 transport aircraft from the Royal Netherlands Air Force to Sint Maarten. The Marines are part of the 21st Raiding Squadron of the Marine Corps. They currently stand as the so-called Marine Spearhead Task Unit permanent standby for emergency deployment at home and abroad. The soldiers board Sintr on Sint Maarten. HNLMS Johan de Witt, who…

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Dutch Navy Joins Bahamas Relief Operations

September 5, 2019 (Google Translation) – The Netherlands will provide emergency aid to the Bahamas after Hurricane Dorian caused large-scale devastation there. The naval ships HNLMS Johan de Witt (L801) and HNLMS Snellius (A802) are making logistical preparations on Sint Maarten to help the island group. The ships were already in the Caribbean because of the large Caribbean Coast emergency relief exercise. The Bahamas asked for help through the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA). The ships are expected to depart within a few days and they will arrive on…

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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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