Chief of Defense Staff Visits SNMG2 Flagship HNLMS Evertsen

May 18, 2019 (Google Translation) – “The camaraderie on board and the way you do your work is great! We really need you. ”Armed Forces Rob Bauer said this during an Alle Hens aboard Sr. Ms Evertsen during the voyage from Split (Croatia) to Durrës (Albania). He visited the ship that currently serves as a staff ship for the Standing NATO Maritime Group 2 (SNMG2). He spoke on board with the staff about their work and experiences, but also about the employment conditions. He explained the latest state of affairs…

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Damen Shipyards Den Helder signs order with Netherlands’ Defense Material Organization for Expeditionary Survey Boat

March 25, 2019 – Damen Shipyards Den Helder (DSDH) and the Netherlands’ Defense Material Organization (DMO) procurement agency have signed a contract for the design, build and delivery of a prototype Expeditionary Survey Boat (ESB). The craft will be optimized for rapid environmental assessments and hydrographic surveys in harbors, river mouths, shallow waters, coastal areas and shipping channels. The craft will be manned by four persons; two to crew the boat and two technicians to operate the hydrographic equipment, and will be able to spend up over 60 hours continuously…

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Navy ships back into service after recovery

October 9, 2018 (Google Translation) – The 4 patrol vessels and 2 amphibious ships of the navy are equipped with a safe fire extinguishing system. They can sail again. This is faster than planned because repairs to the sprinkler and water mist installations were done earlier. Late last year showed that the extinguishing system on patrol vessels (OPVs) Holland, Friesland, Zeeland and Groningen showed disruptions. Because the safety of the crew could not be guaranteed, the ships were no longer allowed to sail. An intermediate solution was needed for the…

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HNLMS Holland Returns to Service

Google Translation As 1st of the 4 patrol vessels, HNLMS Holland again fully deployable. That is faster than expected. The certificate of seaworthiness of the vessels was withdrawn after the discovery of problems with the water mist installation. This is an indispensable part of the extinguishing system. Today the Holland was officially declared seaworthy again. Due to the rapid recovery, the Holland is leaving for the Caribbean in early April. There it takes on the role of station ship of the multipurpose frigate Zr. Ms Van Speijk. 1 of the…

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NH90 helicopters hunt for submarines

The Netherlands is 2 crews richer who can hunt submarines from the NH90 combat helicopter. In the British waters around Culdrose, soldiers are currently training to operate in the highest range of violence, the so-called ASW (Anti Submarine Warfare). The 3-week exercise in England, with 4 NH90 helicopters, forms the ‘grand finale’ of the ASW training. Both teams that have succeeded today ‘hunted’ the Dutch submarine Zr. Ms. Walrus, who also went to England for this exercise. This week, 3 NH90s will continue to explore the waters around Southern England.…

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A Look at Dutch Defence News 20 – 27 November

Commodore Ludger Brummelaar has been appointed as the new Chief of the Military Household of His Majesty the King. He will first be promoted to the rank of rear admiral and succeed Major General Hans van der Louw on 1 January 2018. Doorman returns from the Caribbean HNLMS Karel Doorman has returned to its home port of Den Helder. Over the past few months, the Royal Netherlands Navy’s biggest support ship transported relief supplies to the Caribbean after the hurricanes Irma and Maria had caused devastation on several islands in…

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Exercise Bold Alligator 2017 Concludes

Sailors from the U.S. Navy, Royal Netherlands Navy and German Navy completed a week-long Expeditionary Mine Countermeasures (ExMCM) training evolution as part of Exercise Bold Alligator 2017 (BA17), Oct. 23. The combined ExMCM force had members from the Royal Netherlands Navy Defense Dive Group Very Shallow Water (VSW) Dive Platoon, German Navy Mine Clearance Diving Company and U.S. Navy ExMCM Company 202, a combined unit comprised of Sailors from Explosive Ordnance Disposal Mobile Unit (EODMU) 2 MCM platoon, Mobile Diving and Salvage Unit (MDSU) 2 unmanned systems platoon and the…

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Mounts Bay performs RAS – Replenishment Along Side

Under brilliant Caribbean skies, support vessel RFA Mounts Bay takes on fuel for herself and her Wildcat helicopter… courtesy of the newly-arrived Dutch ship HNLMS Karel Doorman. A difficult – potentially dangerous – maneuver it’s typically performed mid-Ocean between a Royal Fleet Auxiliary and a warship to allow the latter to remain on station for extended periods. Like HMS Ocean, the Doorman – an amphibious support vessel – was sent across the Atlantic in the wake of last months hurricanes. As well as loading relief from her native country to…

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Admiral Rob Kramer Takes Over as BENELUX Navy Commander

Google Translation Deputy Admiral Rob Kramer has been Commandant Zeestrijdkrachten and Admiral Benelux September 23. He follows Lieutenant General Marines Rob Verkerk. To his surprise, that was royally distinguished as Officer in the Order of Orange-Nassau with the Swords. New marine commissioner Rob Kramer performed during his career mainly operational functions aboard frigates and mining services. Kramer: “My 3 spearheads are human, human and … human.” In his eyes, it requires three things: better balance in activities, more perspective through an individual approach to staff and more maneuvering space by…

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A look at Dutch Defence news 18 – 25 April

Google Translation On 18 April, the Royal Netherlands Navy reported that HNLMS Van Amstel had intercepted 2 transports of cocaine in the Caribbean in just 1 night. Even before the suspects and drugs from the first vessel had been handed over to the American coast guard, the RNLN multipurpose frigate had stopped a second vessel that was smuggling drugs. In total, almost 700 kilos of drugs were confiscated. Minister and CHOD visit Dutch soldiers in unsettled Afghanistan On 20 and 21 April, Minister of Defence Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert and Chief of…

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A look at Dutch Defence news 27 February – 5 March

March 8, 2017 – Over the coming 4 months, HNLMS Van Amstel will act as the Royal Netherlands Navy guard ship in the Caribbean. The multipurpose frigate left for the Caribbean last week, but not before a number of the crew had been awarded the disaster relief commemorative medal for their actions of one year ago. HNLMS Van Amstel (archive photo). In the Mediterranean, the crew managed to save the lives of countless migrants when HNLMS Van Amstel was operating in the area under the flag of European Union agency…

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