After a journey of several months, the Dutch frigate HNLMS EVERTSEN arrived in Singapore on October 10, as part of the UK Carrier Strike Group.
This marks the first deployment of a Royal Dutch Navy vessel to the region under the Indo-Pacific Guidelines, which was announced by the Netherlands in late 2020. As part of these Guidelines, the Netherlands will actively seek to deepen ties with Indo-Pacific partners, such as Singapore.
Against increasing global uncertainty, it is important to uphold the international rules-based order through multilateralism based on shared values, such as: freedom of navigation, democracy, and human rights. The participation of the HNLMS Evertsen to the Carrier Strike Group 21 deployment is a tangible example of the Netherlands willingness to contribute to multilateral endeavors that seek to realize this goal.
Dutch Frigate EVERTSEN will stay docked at Changi Naval Base until Tuesday, October 12, before continuing her journey.