Dutch Navy Clears Legacy Mines from Wind Farm Site

August 27, 2019 (Google Translation) – HNLMS Zierikzee of the Royal Netherlands Navy cleared 5 mines on the North Sea this week. The explosives were found during preparatory work for a new offshore wind farm. This ‘Borssele Windfarm’ is located 25 miles off the coast of Vlissingen. The construction of the wind farm is planned for the beginning of October. LMB sea mines were among the cleared projectiles. These are German mines dropped from planes. They work acoustically and explode through vibrations. In addition, the navy cleared a British MK14,…

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Zierikzee Home From SNMCMG1 Deployment

June 26, 2019 (Google Translation) – HNLMS Zierikzee returned to Den Helder today. The minehunter has participated for 2 months in the NATO mine-fighting flotilla, the Standing NATO Mine Countermeasures Group 1 (SNMCMG 1). SNMCMG 1 has been used for Beneficial Cooperation, among other things. The Zierikzee destroyed 3 mines north of the Wadden Islands. During this operation, SNMCMG 1 destroyed a total of 10 explosives. They were discovered at the beginning of this year during the search for the containers that had been knocked overboard at MS Zoë north…

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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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A look at Dutch Defense news 11 – 18 December

25 EU member states are to permanently cooperate on a structural basis with regard to defense and security. This cooperation will take place under the flag of PESCO, which stands for permanent structured cooperation. The Council of Ministers of Foreign Affairs formally established the partnership in Brussels last week. House of Representatives gives the green light for extension of mission The Netherlands’ contributions to the UN peacekeeping mission in Mali and the NATO mission in Afghanistan are to be extended until the end of 2018. Final F-16s delivered to Jordan…

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