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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