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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Three Dutch Auxiliaries to Receive Midlife Upgrade

July 11, 2019 (Google Translation) – The support ship Pelikaan and the hydrographic survey vessels Snellius and Luymes get a major makeover. The ships thus enter the 2nd half of their life cycle with a fresh start. Defense and Damen Shiprepair Den Helder signed today for this so-called midlife upkeep (MLU). Safety and aging problems are solved with maintenance. In this way the ships get a new so-called ship’s skin and radars and communication equipment are renewed. Major maintenance for ship systems also follows. This is combined with regular major…

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SNMCMG1 Destroys 10 Explosive Devices off West Frisian Islands

June 5, 2019 (Google Translation) – Together with NATO partners, HNLMS Zierikzee cleared 10 explosives off the Wadden Islands last week. It is rare for a mine clearance operation in the North Sea to produce so many culls. Sea mines from the Second World War were found earlier this year during the search for the dumped containers of the MS Zoë container ship . The naval ships HNLMS Luymes and HNLMS Vlaardingen assisted with that search. A few sea mines were close to pipelines and cables and were taken to…

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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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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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Dutch Navy Escorts Russian Ships

The Royal Netherlands Navy escorted threeian warships over the North Sea February 23rd. It was the Fjodor Golovin, a spy ship from the Vishnya class, and 2 escort ships. The vessels passed the Wadden Islands a few dozen kilometers away. They were monitored by survey ship HNLMS Snellius. The Russian vessels are on their way to their homeport after participating in the war in Syria. Earlier this week, the Portuguese, French and British navies followed the Russians on the Atlantic Ocean and in the English Channel. The Russian warships take…

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