Dutch veterans at the commemoration of Portsmouth

June 5, 2019 (Google Translation) – 75 years ago, the liberation of Europe from Nazi Germany began in Portsmouth. The allied invasion fleet departed from this British port city on 5 June to dump itself on the French coast a day later (D-Day). Today, more than 300 D-Day veterans and many heads of government commemorated this historic moment. Among them Prime Minister Mark Rutte and Commander of the Armed Forces Lieutenant Admiral Rob Bauer. Rutte and Bauer were accompanied by veterans André Hissink and Camiel Stritzko and Ridder Militaire Willems-Order…

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NATO ships Visit Sweden

November 27, 2018 – The ships of Standing NATO Maritime Group One (SNMG1) and Standing NATO Mine Countermeasures Group One (SNMCMG1) conducted a port visit in Karlskrona, Sweden 23 to 25 November. The port visit included visits to local military and civilian officials as well as tours of the ships for both local residents and Swedish military personnel. Sweden is a NATO Partner nation and NATO ships regularly call on ports in Sweden as part of their routine patrols in the Baltic Sea. These port visits allow the crews to…

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SNMCMG1 countermines 2 WWII mines during Trident Juncture

October 31, 2018 – Standing NATO Mine Counter Measures Group One (SNMCMG1) under the command of Commander Peter RAMBOER of the Belgian Navy located and destroyed two mines from World War II while conducting training as a part of Trident Juncture 2018. While the group was practicing clearing sea routes for an amphibious assault the Norwegian minehunter KNM Maaloey detected two historical mines. After inspection with a remote under water vehicle they were identified as British airdropped mines from World War II. Norwegian authorities granted permission to destroy the historical…

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Dutch Defense Update

September 19, 2018 (Google Translation) – During the coming weeks, 11 navy units from various NATO partners will be clearing sea lanes and parts of the North Sea seabed of old First and Second World War explosives off the coast of Belgium. The operation will take place under the name of Sandy Coast 2018. The Netherlands has provided the minehunters HNLMS Makkum, HNLMS Vlaardingen and HNLMS Urk and a team for operating unmanned sonar systems. Belgium will provide three of such teams and a diving team. The exercise will last…

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Dutch Ships Complete US Baltops

Google Translation The major international exercise US Baltops on the Baltic Sea has been completed. The Netherlands participated with a torpedo ship, 3 mine hunters and a hydrographic recording vessel. Approximately 25 ships from 10 countries trained for 2 weeks. This was done first on the basis of a previously announced program. Then followed a tactical phase without a scenario. The previously practiced skills were used to successfully carry out the mission. Strategic importance The mine hunters Makkum and Vlaardingen and the Snellius shooting vessel were part of a task…

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Makkum finds German submarine

Google Translation HNLMS Makkum has found 8.5 miles from the Cap Barfleur (Normandy) wreckage of a German submarine from the First World War. It is highly likely that the UC-69 wreck, which sank in 1917 after a collision with another German submarine, the U-96. The find is already in late October, but it’s only known what wreck it is. The UC-69 departed from Zeebrugge on December 4th, 1917, to lay mines on the waterways to and from the French port city of Cherbourg. On the 6th of December at about 20.00, the…

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