Dutch Have No Ships for Operation Atalanta This Year

This year there is no naval ship participating in the anti-piracy mission Atalanta for the Somali coast. The Minister of Defense Ank Bijleveld-Schouten has informed the Lower House today by letter.

Problems with the patrol vessels, personnel shortages and other NATO obligations are mentioned as reasons.

The Netherlands has been deploying naval vessels since 2009 for the European mission of the Horn of Africa.