December 2, 2019 (Google Translation) – HNLMS Pelikaan has returned to the Netherlands from the Caribbean for major maintenance. This is happening for the first time since commissioning in 2006.
The support vessel is halfway through its operational life. Various systems are being replaced during this midlife update.
The Pelican has been operating in the Caribbean Sea for 13 years. There it performs support tasks under the command of the Naval Commander in the Caribbean. The ship also provided emergency assistance several times. Most recently, after the hurricanes Irma and Maria were deployed on the Windward Islands and Dominica.
Damen Shipyards performs maintenance, supported by the equipment organization of Defense.
The Pelican will return to ‘the West’ in the course of next year.