Friesland Replaces Holland as Antilles Guardship

A record seizure of 6,600 kilograms of drugs and 27 suspects handed over to US authorities. Holland to his credit in the last quarter of last year alone. The naval vessel returned from the Caribbean today after nearly 8 months.

The station ship in the West also directed 2 American patrol ships for the first time. That happened during a 3-week counter drug operation. During this period, about 5,000 kilos of cocaine was intercepted during various actions. Aircraft from the Caribbean Coast Guard and the US drug-control organization Joint Interagency Task Force South supported the operations. Coast Guard cutter Panther also took part in the actions.

Holland, equipped with an NH90 maritime combat helicopter, also provided emergency aid to Haiti in August. The country was hit by a massive earthquake. Other tasks of the station ship are the detection of illegal fishing, environmental crimes and deployment during search and rescue operations.

The crew has changed once in the area.

Friesland was to relieve the Holland, but his departure on January 3 was postponed. That was because several crew members were found to be infected with the corona virus. The patrol ship also suffered a technical defect. De Friesland will now set course for the West tomorrow.

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