Four Dutch Ships Sail for Training

November 6, 2019 (Google Translation) – It has been a long time since 4 Dutch naval vessels traveled together for exercises and training. For example, 6 aspiring navigation officers gain practical experience. Among other things, the narrow approach route to the port of Oslo is on the program. Led by HNLMS Rotterdam, Evertsen, Friesland and Zeeland yesterday their special squadron trip. The amphibious transport ship Rotterdam is going on this voyage for SARC phase 4. The preparation of naval vessels for operational deployment is based on 6 SARC steps (…

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HNLMS Zeeland Intercepts Caribbean Sea Narcotic Shipment

February 6, 2019 – Ocean-going patrol vessel HNLMS Zeeland intercepted a transport of over 2,000 kilos of drugs in the Caribbean Sea during a nighttime patrol on the night of 28 to 29 January. The movements of the motorboat involved in the transport attracted the attention of navy personnel. The NH90 onboard helicopter and a FRISC boat were subsequently deployed to force the suspect vessel to stop. The drug bales were handed over to the US coastguard.

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Dutch OPVs Barred From Sailing Until Sprinkler System Fixed

Google Translation Due to problems with the extinguishing installation, the 4 patrol vessels of the Royal Netherlands Navy are temporarily not sailing. A regular test on board of HNLMS Holland showed a malfunction of the sprinkler system last month. Investigation of the installations on the other 3 so-called ocean-going patrol vessels showed that mounting brackets and couplings are not in order. The patrol vessels sail with a reduced crew. This can be done by far-reaching automation, also with the fire extinguishing system. If the sprinkler system does not function properly,…

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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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