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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Patrol ship back from the Caribbean

Google Translation Patrol Ship HNLMS Zeeland returned to Den Helder’s home this morning. It was a 4-month station ship in the Caribbean and made a significant contribution to emergency aid to the Dutch Windward Islands and Dominica. These were affected by hurricanes. After the passage of Hurricane Irma, Zeeland provided support staff and equipment from Aruba for Saint Eustatius, Saba and Saint Martin. The maritime NH90 board helicopter surveyed the damage to the islands. The ship’s quick interception vessels, the FRISCs, conducted port research and provided (technical) support to the…

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Marine frigate to the Caribbean

Google Translation Frigate Van Speijk left Den Helder October 30th to the Caribbean. There the ship addresses both drug-fighting operations and various coastguard tasks. In case of emergency, it also grants humanitarian aid. The Van Speijk solves Zr. Ms. Zeeland as a station ship. The frigate has 2 very fast rubber boats and an NH-90 maritime combat helicopter on board. These are suitable for rapid interception in drug-fighting operations. The multipurpose frigate also has a boarding team to board other ships and search them. Zeeland disturbed a drug transport in…

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