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 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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